To celebrate Black History Month, I start class off everyday with a poem by a Black poet. Here’s my Playlist if you want to use it in your classroom. Sometimes we talk about the poem afterwards, sometimes we free-write or journal, sometimes we just let the poem be. It depends on the poem and our agenda for the day. This list is nowhere near complete, and I encourage you to discover and share more Black artists who will resonate with your students. If you aren’t doing anything yet to honor Black History Month in your class, you should be, and it’s not too late to start.
A special tribute to Gwedolyn Brooks, created by Eve Ewing and Nate Marshall:
I save this one for the last day: