Learning and celebrating Black history and combating anti-Black racism should be priorities in education every month of the year! So this month, as we reflect on all the resources available, I hope we can keep planning for how we will continue this learning and action beyond February 28.
One of my favourite books last year was How Long Until Black Future Month? — a collection of science fiction short stories by award-winning writer N. K. Jemisin. Recently I’ve been enjoying the stories in a new form on the podcast Levar Burton Reads which I also cannot recommend highly enough!
Enslaved is a docuseries that looks at the hidden history of the transatlantic slave trade and is available on CBC Gem.
And if you haven’t seen it already, Charles Officer’s The Skin We’re In with Desmond Cole is a very worthwhile examination of Canada’s history of anti-Black racism.
Learn and Act
MPC/TDSB has a list of webinars and resources here for students and parents. The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (etfo) has a great collection of resources as well as this amazing poster, by Leone McComas.