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“Black history month remains more relevant now than ever, precisely because of its insistence on presenting an unvarnished look at American history.” (Penial Joseph)

February is Black History Month, and we’re sharing resources across the agency to delve deeper into the ways to celebrate the achievements, contributions and importance of black history throughout the month of February and beyond.

For educators, Teaching Tolerance provides strategies and suggestions on how to offer deeper, more nuanced lessons about black history that combat a reliance on feel-good narratives or overly simplified anecdotes. With articles ranging from “Whitewashing the Civil Rights Movement” to “Black LGBTQ History,” Teaching Tolerance aims to provide teachers with more tools to incorporate this critical history into lesson-planning beyond the 28 days of February. You can find more resources for Black History Month from Teaching Tolerance here. Interested in more artistic ways to celebrate black beauty and culture? Check out the creative creations of educators across the country here.

For community members in the Puget Sound area, there are numerous events taking place across the region highlighting the importance of black history. From film screenings to live performances, you can find local events in your area here.

This year, go deeper in examining the history and importance of Black History Month. Peniel Joseph, the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote a poignant piece on the why this year’s Black History Month is especially pivotal. Joseph urges us all to address the ways that the racial disenfranchisement that began during slavery still pervades our society today. As Joseph writes, “Black History Month remains more relevant now than ever, precisely because of its insistence on presenting an unvarnished look at American history.”

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