Black History Month is just around the corner and the perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family to celebrate the culture and many social, political, and artistic achievements of Blacks. Celebrate with one or all of these ideas to make it fun and informative for kids and adults alike.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Throw a dinner party and have everyone, including guests, pick a person to dress-up as in recognition of their contribution to the advancement of Blacks, whether through art, music, literature, inventions, or pushing for our civil rights. As soon as everyone has arrived, go around the room and have each person share a few facts alluding to who they are and what they achieved. Then let everyone try to guess who they are. This is especially fun for small kids who love to dress up. For extra competitiveness, give a prize for the most authentic-looking and recognizable character.
Let the Games Begin!
Games with big groups are always a big hit. Allow individual guests, in groups of two, enjoy traditional African games placed around the room. One great game is Mancala. To keep it from getting too expensive, the board games can be made using egg cartons and small pebbles or marbles. You can also modify a few group games. For example, take the game Taboo and recreate the playing cards to highlight significant people, places, and terms relevant to Black history and current events.
Who’s Got Talent?
Dim the lights and decorate an area of the house to give off a Harlem Renaissance vibe for a cool, toe-tapping talent show experience. The kids will get a kick out of picking jazz and blues oldies to lip-sync and dance to, Huxtable family style. Invite your guests beforehand so that they can prepare a performance if they choose. Performances can include reading a poem written by a Black poet like Langston Hughes, playing an African instrument, or performing a popular Black dance from a different time period. You might just end up with a big dance party!
No matter what you do to celebrate, take this time with your family to learn about and be grateful for those who came before us and the living legends who are still making a difference for Blacks today.
Written By: Leslie Matthews, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic & Creator of Smart Budget Moves