Black History Month (BHM) is almost here! Teachers, parents, students, BCBA has an abundance of book suggestions for lesson plans, book reports, and other school and community activities. Of course, honoring Black history and culture should not be designated to only one month out of the year, the shortest one at that. But a man named Carter G. Woodson (known as “The Father of Black History”) realized that the achievements of Blacks were barely recognized at all. He helped form the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915. The group’s mission was to commemorate events and achievements of Black Americans as well as Blacks throughout the African diaspora. Carter believed, “If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” Carter’s efforts, and there were many, led to the start of Negro History Week in February of 1926. February was chosen because it is the birth month of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. In the 1960s, the week of celebrations extended throughout February, this was due to the Civil Rights Movement’s emphasis on Black pride and power. The first part of this BHM series features 25 picture books. For more picture book selections, click here.