I recently introduced Annika to the idea of slavery, it happened to come up and it felt like a good time to talk about it. Being Black History Month, I’ve gotten a handful of books for us to read this month.
So far, the only person she recognizes without fail is Martin Luther King Jr. I mean to change that starting now.
As a child, I never got much in the way of black history. Not really knowing all the truths about our country until adulthood was in part how I sealed much of my white privilege for so long.
Part of raising a black child means that she needs to understand our nation’s history well as she grows up. She can not be afforded the luxury of ignorance.
One of the first books we read this month was When Harriet Met Sojourner. When Harriet Met Sojourner is a childlike introduction to two of the women in the movement toward freeing slaves.
It introduces children to two women who worked to to free slaves. The books describe the women as so determined to fight to be free, they were willing to die trying.
This is the kind of role model I want for my daughter. They are two true pioneers, feminists and Black History heroes.
It had been a long time since I read much about either women. I never even heard of Sojourner Truth until I was an adult. Although, I was introduced to Harriet Tubman somewhere along the line and even as a child, I had always loved the idea of the Underground Railroad.
Tubman and Truth are both great women to read up on for adults and youngsters. I hope to use stories like these to help give Annika a positive view of strong black women.
For a great intro to Black History and feminism, read: