These 30+ Virtual Classes Will Teach Your Kids About Black History

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Now more than ever, it’s important for us all learn a little bit more about Black history. For Black History Month, kids can learn about important contributions by Black people in history, gain new skills from Black educators and creators, and tour some important historical landmarks from home. These classes from our favorite museums as well as educators at Outschool, Airbnb and KidPass are a great way for the whole family to learn something new this month.

Why Do We Celebrate Black History Month?

In this lesson, students will learn about the origins of Black History Month, the importance of why its celebrated and where it's celebrated. Best for ages 6-11. 

Cost: $10
Dates: Meets once, various dates in February
Online: outschool.com

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Frederick Douglass: Agitator Exhibit

Originally on view at the American Writers Museum in 2019, Frederick Douglass: Agitator is now available virtually. Visitors can see the original content from the exhibit that explores the later life of writer and orator Frederick Douglass, learn about his use of portraiture, download curriculum and more.

Online: tinybeans.go-vip.net

Black History Month Poetry Contest

North Texas Performing Arts is hosting a poetry contest for kids ages 6-19. They want to hear your original poems reflecting on black history, culture, experience and/or social justice issues. Submissions due: 2/28/21

Online: northtexasperformingarts.org

photo: iStock

The Origins of Black History Month

This class details the history of Black History Month in America, including some little-known facts, and why the month was created. Best for ages 10-15

Cost: $15
Dates: Meets once, various dates available
Online
: outschool.com

The FunikiJam Show Celebrates Black Musicians: NEW ORLEANS Mardi Gras Edition

Last year they were Off-broadway and On-tour with their own original musicals, but now you can dance, sing, play and learn with the FunikiJam cast in online programs that are part high-energy class and part interactive live show (a 2021 Best of NYC Music Class) .

This special edition features Zydeco music - a spicy blend of Afro Caribbean Rhythms, Creole Culture and French language, original FunikiJam songs, stories, and rhymes about New Orleans Culture, and adaptations of African American folk songs like This Train is Bound for Glory.

Cost: $10
Online: Book 2/2 - 3:30PM ET | Book 2/11 - 3:30PM ET | Book 2/19 - 3:30PM ET | Book 2/24 - 3:30PM ET

Black Women & the Suffragist Movement

The New York Historical Society invites kids to learn about individuals, like Ida B. Wells, and organizations, like the National Association of Colored Women, that organized and protested for the rights and freedom of Black women in America. Explore their tactics and triumphs and make your own banner! 

Cost: Free
Date
: Feb. 3
Online: tinybeans.go-vip.net

Black History Basics

Every Wednesday in February, Nareissa Smith, a former law professor and a journalist who writes about racial and gender justice issues, will be hosting educational classes on African American History—in partnership with Varsity Tutors, a live-learning platform. 

The first class Black History Basics: Life in Africa & the Beginnings of Slavery (2/3) will explore how Africans created vibrant, fascinating cultures, long before ever coming to America. In this interactive lesson, students will learn about these African civilizations and their extraordinary contributions to global trade, technology, and culture. Then students will examine the beginnings of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the arrival of Africans in the Americas.

February 10 - Slavery Facts vs. Fiction
February 17 - The Promise & Failure of Freedom
February 24 - Civil Rights & Beyond

photo: Field Museum

Black History Month at The Field Museum

The Field Museum will be hosting a variety of online programs throughout February that highlight and amplify Black voices and stories. The live and pre-recorded events include a mix of Black History-themed behind-the-scenes tours, virtual exhibition viewings, and panel discussions with museum scholars for museum fans, educators, and students to enjoy. Find all the events here

Myths & Legends of the Underground Railroad

Montgomery Parks shares “Myths & Legends of the Underground Railroad."

Cost: Free
Date: Feb. 3
Online: tinybeans.go-vip.net

Celebrate Black History: Chess Prodigies, Greats, and Grandmasters

In this 3 week series, to celebrate black history month, students will learn about black chess players who have made a profound impact on the game of chess including chess prodigies and grandmasters. Ages 7-11. 

Cost: $75
Dates: Thursdays, Feb. 4-18, 3 p.m. PT
Online: outschool.com

Black History Is American History

This class will discuss a different time period in American History, looking at the role of African Americans throughout history. You will examine African-American heroes, heroines, Black Oppression and Civil Rights Movements. Ages 13-18. 

Cost: $52
Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 5-27 at 4 p.m. PT
Online: outschool.com

photo: KidPass

African Diaspora and Black History Extravaganza

Through creative and interactive activities and worksheets, the students will get a chance to learn about the Diaspora of great African people across the world. Join us for this exciting class of the Greatness of African American History as we dive into a fun world of Black accomplishments! Ages 6 and up. 

Code KIDPASS25 saves you $25 on your first class

Cost: $12
Dates: Feb. 12, 1 p.m. PT
Online: kidpass.com

photo: Kibibi Monie

Storytelling with Kibibi Monie

As part of our Black History Month celebrations, join us for an online storytelling adventure with Kibibi Monie, the resident storyteller for the Woodland Park Zoo’s African Village, and director of the Nu Black Arts Theater! Please RSVP to get the Zoom link emailed to you. Feb. 13. Event details

Sam's Club Virtual Author Readings: Malcom Mitchell

Sam’s Club is celebrating Black creators and giving them a platform to connect with readers in honor of Black History Month. Celebrated and best-selling authors of children’s and adult titles will participate in author readings throughout the month of February – giving Sam’s Club members and non-members an opportunity to participate in sessions that encourage an open dialogue so that we can reach the best of what we can be.

Malcolm Mitchell will read his children's book,  "My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World," on Feb. 13. via virtual book readings on free Zoom for members and non-members. Feb. 13. Event details

photo: Airbnb

Story Time with Award-Winning Author Jesse Byrd

Jesse Byrd will share his journey on how he went from the world of sports to Silicon Valley to storytelling as a children's book author. Then he'll perform two story time readings, cover-to-cover, of his award-winning picture books Sunny Days and Real Jungle Tales. Kids and parents can join in the discussion afterwards. 

Cost: $7
Dates: Various dates available
Online: airbnb.com

photo: iStock

Tour Boston's Black Heritage Trail

Fourteen historic sites are included in this virtual tour, among them are former residences, schools, businesses, churches of this thriving black community as well as several stations on the Underground Railroad, along which escaped slaves fled from the South to freedom in the North and in Canada.

Cost: Free
Online
: tinybeans.go-vip.net

Sam's Club Virtual Author Reading: Vashti Harrison

Sam’s Club is celebrating Black creators and giving them a platform to connect with readers in honor of Black History Month. Celebrated and best-selling authors of children’s and adult titles will participate in author readings throughout the month of February – giving Sam’s Club members and non-members an opportunity to participate in sessions that encourage an open dialogue so that we can reach the best of what we can be.

Vashti Harrison will be reading from her children's book series, "Little Leaders" via virtual book readings free on Zoom. Feb. 20. Event details

photo: KidPass

MLK Cloud Mobile Craft for Black History Month

Let's create an I Have a Dream Cloud Mobile for Black History Month! Miss Emily will guide your child through this fun and thoughtful craft, while educating them on Martin Luther King Jr. Multiple clouds will be created and your child will write his/her dreams on the clouds. See below for the supplies required to complete this adorable craft! Ages 3-12. 

Cost: $20
Online: Book 2/8 - 3:15PM | Book 2/15 - 3:15PM | Book 2/22 - 3:15PM 

Ballet Dance - Glory by John Legend

In support of Black History Month, this beginner ballet class, introduces learners to ballet terminology and creative movement choreography to John Legend's opening verse in the song "Glory". Ages 5-10. 

Cost: $10
Dates: meets once, various dates throughout February
Online: outschool.com

photo: KidPass

The FunikiJam Show Celebrates Black Musicians: NASHVILLE MUSIC CITY Edition

Last year they were Off-broadway and On-tour with their own original musicals, but now you can dance, sing, play and learn with the FunikiJam cast in online programs that are part high-energy class and part interactive live show (a 2021 Best of NYC Music Class) .

This special edition features country music from Black Musicians like Charlie Pride and Darius Rucker mixed with original FunikiJam songs, stories, and rhymes about farm animals and country culture. Ages 2-7. 

Cost: $10
Online: Book 2/3 - 3:30PM ET | Book 2/12 - 3:30PM ET | Book 2/18 - 3:30PM ET | Book 2/22 - 3:30PM ET

photo: iStock

Black History Month Creations

In this Black History month Creations class, Learners will be introduced to a different notable African American figure each week. We will speak of the lesser known African Americans that had a huge impact in their field of study. Ages 8-12. 

Cost: $50
Dates: meets 4 times, various dates available
Online: outschool.com

Sam's Club Virtual Author Reading: Meena Harris

Sam’s Club is celebrating Black creators and giving them a platform to connect with readers in honor of Black History Month. Celebrated and best-selling authors of children’s and adult titles will participate in author readings throughout the month of February – giving Sam’s Club members and non-members an opportunity to participate in sessions that encourage an open dialogue so that we can reach the best of what we can be.

Meena Harris will read from her book, "Ambitious Girl" via Zoom virtual book readings on Feb. 20 at 2:30 pm CT for members and non-members. Feb. 20. Event details

Black History Month Camp: Contributions to Society

In this 4 Week Black History Month Camp, your learner will explore the impact and contributions that Black Americans have made in society from technology, to music, to entertainment and sports. Ages 7-10.

Cost: $60
Dates: meets 4 times, various dates available
Online: outschool.com

photo: Airbnb

Explore Kenyan Cuisines, Culture & Music

The best meals are home-cooked and thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can learn how to make Kenyan cuisines from scratch with ingredients and materials from your own kitchen! In this interactive experience, learn how to prepare authentic Kenyan cuisines all using the techniques from the chef's family own recipes. A fun family experience! 

Cost: $25
Date: various dates available
Online: airbnb.com

photo: KidPass

The FunikiJam Show Celebrates Black Musicians: PARIS JAZZ and ZOUK Edition

Last year they were Off-broadway and On-tour with their own original musicals, but now you can dance, sing, play and learn with the FunikiJam cast in online programs that are part high-energy class and part interactive live show (a 2021 Best of NYC Music Class) .

This special edition features jazz, swing & zouk music from black musicians (who lived in Paris to escape oppression) , original FunikiJam songs, stories, and rhymes about Paris Culture, and clever adaptations of French folk songs like Free Jacques. Ages 2-7. 

Cost: $10
Online: Book 2/4 - 3:30PM ET | Book 2/9 - 3:30PM ET | Book 2/17 - 3:30PM ET | Book 2/26 - 3:30PM ET

photo: Airbnb

Track Star Training with Anyika Onuora

Are you ready to train with an Olympian?

Anyika Onuora will take you through an exciting, virtual HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout that includes a warmup, rest breaks, and a cool down. After the workout, she’ll be sharing her journey in sport and what it took for her to achieve her dreams, including how she won my Olympic medal even after contracting Malaria ten months prior. Wrap up the session with a Q&A and you’ll also see the shiny medals she won.

Cost: $21
Dates: various dates available
Online: airbnb.com

photo: KidPass

The FunikiJam Show Celebrates Black Musicians: MOTOR CITY MOTOWN Edition

Last year they were Off-broadway and On-tour with their own original musicals, but now you can dance, sing, play and learn with the FunikiJam cast in online programs that are part high-energy class and part interactive live show (a 2021 Best of NYC Music Class) .

This special edition features music from Motown Superstars like Diana Ross & the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and the Jackson 5 mixed with original FunikiJam songs, stories, and rhymes about transportation and construction. Ages 2-7. 

Cost: $10
Online: Book 2/5 - 3:30PM ET | Book 2/10 - 3:30PM ET | Book 2/16 - 3:30PM ET | Book 2/25 - 3:30PM ET

—Kate Loweth

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