The Importance of Age-appropriate Books about Black History

Growing up my mom always made me read books that taught me about my history as an African American woman. I read books that taught me about Shirley Chisolm, Ida B. Wells. I read about Denmark Vesey and Toussaint L’overture. When I later asked my mom why she did this she said it’s because when she was growing up all she was taught of her history in school was about MLK. She wanted to make sure I knew about our complex and rich history. Because she had the wisdom to do this I never internalized any feelings of self-hate when I encountered racism. I always understood that the problem lied within that person and not me. Books such as these are important for black children to consume because when they know who they are, nobody can convince them otherwise.