Camp Korey is honored to serve a diverse population of campers, families, staff, volunteers, and donors. As we continue to grow, we are excited to spotlight and share resources that recognize that diversity. This February, as we honor Black History Month, we are highlighting a list of resources and activities for our community that celebrates the achievements and history of African Americans in the United States.

Explore Black History or Civil Rights Museums

Art Projects

  • Make a Handprint Heart Sandbox Academy encourages an activity that honors the beauty of different skin colors and diversity.
  • Kehinde Wiley is best known for painting young black people, often placing them in into versions of portraits from art history. His paintings fuse the past and present in ways that force us to confront our notions of wealth, importance, race, and gender. This Kehinde Wiley Art Lesson blog post includes discussion questions, interpretation activities, and more.
  • Freedom Quilts by Colors of my Day — Elementary students create quilt squares and write poems or short stories based on the book The Patchwork Patch: A Quilt Map to Freedom

Music

Cook a Special Dinner Together

  • Author Sandye Zdanwic and teacher Sarah Miller recommend researching and cooking traditional cuisines from predominantly Black countries. Families may enjoy cooking a traditional meal together and exploring a variety of traditional African dishes from Hatti, Jamaica, South Africa, Nigeria, and traditional Southern America. Parents and kids can work together to choose recipes, shop for ingredients, and even prepare the food.

Read a Book That Celebrates Black History

There are many children’s books that celebrate Black history in ways kids of all ages can understand. Here are a few of our favorites:

Check out Reading Rockets for detailed booklists and to find more great titles related to Black history and culture. 

Watch a Series Together

If you have time, consider carving out one night a week to watch an episode or two from one of these series for kids that explore Black culture:

Cabin Chat

Scholastic recommends using the questions listed below to approach the conversation about racial equality and civil rights as a family. In addition, the website features books related to the civil rights movement that are tailored to your child’s age and grade. 

  1. What do you know about the civil rights movement?
  2. What were some of the challenges that people faced during that time in our nation’s history?
  3. How do you think children felt during that time? Parents? Teachers?
  4. Who were some of the leaders of the civil rights movement?
  5. What similar challenges do people in our nation face today?
  6. How can we continue Dr. King’s message of inclusion and equality in our own lives?
  7. Where can we go for more information about this and related topics?

 

This resource rundown is provided by Camp Korey’s community outreach and program departments.