I whole-heatedly believe every child should know who Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Ella Josephine Baker are; however, the nature of their work exposed the horror and violence of their times. It can be difficult finding resources that are relevant, true, and age appropriate, but they are out there. Both women were giants in their own time and remain giants in ours.
I get the privilege of deciding how old the Underling and Cohorts should be before learning about the Holocaust, Armenian Genocide, or the Selma to Montgomery March. Not all people have this privilege. To me, this privilege translates into an obligation. I am obligated to stand witness. I am obligated to honor the Day of Remembrance the best way I can: by teaching the next generation the truth.
Below are the books that got me started back in the beginning of our homeschool journey. I consider this list my book starter-pack.
We all consider homeschooling for different reasons. We all have different needs. Despite our differences, there are steps we all need to take to get started.
Mumbet isn’t a well known name, like Harriet Tubman. We don’t know much about her, but what we know should be taught every time we teach American history.