As a parent, you want your child to know and celebrate his or her rich history, and the best way to connect children to their heritage is through kid-friendly, interactive experiences.
New York City offers an abundance of fun activities related to African-American art, culture and history that can teach your children to celebrate their unique differences.
Help your little ones develop positive feelings about their racial and cultural identity with any of the following educational experiences.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is located inside the New York Public Library in Harlem, New York. This institution and research library represents African American, African Diaspora and African experiences, history and culture. The Schomburg offers a collection of preserved materials documenting black life from across the globe. The Schomburg is also a communal space that encourages learning with its programs, classes, seminars, workshops, film screenings and special events. Spend an afternoon engaging children with these historic documents to captivate them with the historic experiences of people of African descent. Visit the New York Public Library for more information on the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and upcoming events.
The theme of “The Phantom of the Opera” can teach children to accept others who look differently and find beauty is diversity. Although this legendary story isn’t based on African-American culture, “The Phantom of the Opera” encourages compassion.