What Is the Theme for Black History Month 2023?Each year, the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH) chooses the theme for Black History Month. In 2023, that theme is Black Resistance because — as the ASALH explains "African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms and police killings." Some ideas to approach the theme in the classroom this year include:
- Discuss the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s and the ways in which it continues today.
- Host an African American read-in event. Join schools around the US on February 3 by reading books and texts written by Black authors in the classroom.
- Focus biography projects on Black Americans. Give your students a list of notable Black Americans who have resisted oppression. Students can fill out biography cubes with details about these history-changing figures. Teacher Note: When you're assigning biography projects during Black History Month or any other time of the school year, make sure your list of historical figures that students can choose to study is diverse and includes Black Americans, as well as other important people of color.
- Set up an interactive bulletin board for students to uncover new facts about Black Americans who have been activists and changemakers throughout American history.
- Explore the poetry of Black Americans. From protests against slavery through spirituals to the use of powerful spoken word poetry today, oral poems have long been a means of resistance for Black Americans. Turn your ELA lessons to Black poets and the oral tradition this month.