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Dear Elysian Heights Community, 

We are happy to present you with a second installment of Black History Month Resources. For this, we are focusing on Art and Performance. This is by no means an exhaustive list but a starting point. Please take this as an opportunity to dive in on your own as well. 

Black artists and excellence are not the exception. So much of the work that brings beauty to this world and ignites our emotions can be attributed to the Black community and American art and culture simply would not exist without these contributions. Let’s celebrate that together. The resources below include visual art, music, dance, theater and even food.

There are articles and resources geared towards parents and families. We urge you to share with your children. There are music and performance resources below that you can listen to or watch with your children. Talk about what you hear and see. Take note of what the work brings up and how it may remind you of other music or performance you love. Find the connections together. Enjoy. 

General Resources

How Black Art Can Spark Conversations with Children
The Renaissance is Black, Ibram X. Kendi and Time Magazine
N
ational Museum of African American History and Culture
New HBO Documentary Connects Black Art’s Rich History and Vibrant Present
18 ways to honor Black History Month around L.A.
Museum of the African Diaspora

The Harlem Renaissance
The Harlem Renaissance Was a Pivotal Moment in American Culture—We Need To Teach It That Way
The Elusive Langston Hughes
Zora Neal Hurston
The best ways to celebrate Black History Month 2021 in NYC


Music

Podcast: 1619, The Birth of American Music
Congo Square (Also Read "Freedom in Congo Square)
Black History is Now on Spotify
Tracing Country Music's Roots Back to 17th Century Slave Ships
We Insist: A Century of Black Music Against State Violence
19 Black Musicians Who Have Shaped the Classical Music World
15 Top Civil Rights Songs That Promote Freedom and Justice for Black History Month 

Visual Art
Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980
Black Women artists who helped to break the barriers...
Betye Saar- Assemblage art (L.A. born, intersectional feminist artist and activist)
Noah Purifoy
John Outterbridge
Alma Thomas
Mardi Gras Indians (video: All on a Mardis Gras Day)

Literature
19 Books to Read in Honor of Black History Month
10 Black Authors that Everyone Should Read

Dance
Katherine DunhamVideo: Carnival of Rhythm, 1941

Bill T. JonesVideo: Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka the Escape Artist | The Kennedy Center

Alvin AileyVideo: Alvin Ailey and the Importance of the Arts | The New Yorker

Carmen de LavalladeVideo: Excerpt of Banda w/Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder

Arthur Miller/Dance Theater of Harlem, Video: Dancing Through Harlem

Shabba-Doo, Video: American Soul

Lula Washington, Video: From The Ford: Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Debbie AllenVideo: Carnival

Willi NinjaVideo: Clip from "Paris is Burning"

Theater
Lorraine Hansberry
August Wilson
Black Theater: The Making of a Movement
Celebrating Black History Month: Broadway Milestones You Ought to Know

Food
6 Black Chefs (and 1 Inventor) Who Changed the History of Food
Leah Chase, New Orleans Chef, Restaurateur and Activist



Resources for Families
Grades K-2
Sankofa Read Aloud 
60+ Children's Books about Legendary Black Musicians
24 Books With Black Protagonists by Black Authors All Kids Should Read
10 Children’s Books Illuminate the Lives of Important African American Artists and Photographers
Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood, Carole Boston Weatherford (Sankofa Read Aloud of this title found here. )
That Is My Dream!: A picture book of Langston Hughes's (Harlem Renaissance)
Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson
Freedom in Congo Square, Carole Boston Weatherford (read aloud. here
Firebird, Misty Copeland (read aloud here)

Grades 3-5
60+ Children's Books about Legendary Black Musicians
24 Books With Black Protagonists by Black Authors All Kids Should Read
10 Children’s Books Illuminate the Lives of Important African American Artists and Photographers
Finding Langston, Lesa Cline-Ransome (The Harlem Renaissance) 
Zora and Me, Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon
Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson
Freedom in Congo Square, Carole Boston Weatherford (read aloud. here
The Last-Last Day of Summer, Lamar Giles

 

 

 

 

 

Estimada comunidad de Elysian Heights,

Nos complace presentarles una segunda entrega de Recursos del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana. Para ello, nos centramos en el arte y la performance. Esta no es una lista exhaustiva, sino un punto de partida. Aproveche esto como una oportunidad para sumergirse por su cuenta también.

Los artistas negros y la excelencia no son la excepción. Gran parte del trabajo que aporta belleza a este mundo y enciende nuestras emociones se puede atribuir a la comunidad negra y el arte y la cultura estadounidenses simplemente no existirían sin estas contribuciones. Celebremos eso juntos. Los recursos a continuación incluyen arte visual, música, danza, teatro e incluso comida.

Hay artículos y recursos dirigidos a padres y familias. Lo instamos a compartir con sus hijos. A continuación, encontrará recursos musicales y de interpretación que puede escuchar o ver con sus hijos. Hable sobre lo que oye y ve. Tome nota de lo que trae a colación el trabajo y cómo puede recordarle otra música o actuación que le guste. Encuentre las conexiones juntos. Disfrutar.

 

Recursos generales
How Black Art Can Spark Conversations with Children
The Renaissance is Black, Ibram X. Kendi and Time Magazine
N
ational Museum of African American History and Culture
New HBO Documentary Connects Black Art’s Rich History and Vibrant Present
18 ways to honor Black History Month around L.A.
Museum of the African Diaspora

El Renacimiento de Harlem
The Harlem Renaissance Was a Pivotal Moment in American Culture—We Need To Teach It That Way
The Elusive Langston Hughes
Zora Neal Hurston
The best ways to celebrate Black History Month 2021 in NYC


Música
Podcast: 1619, The Birth of American Music
Congo Square (Also Read "Freedom in Congo Square)
Black History is Now on Spotify
Tracing Country Music's Roots Back to 17th Century Slave Ships
We Insist: A Century of Black Music Against State Violence
19 Black Musicians Who Have Shaped the Classical Music World
15 Top Civil Rights Songs That Promote Freedom and Justice for Black History Month 

Arte visual
Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980
Black Women artists who helped to break the barriers...
Betye Saar- Assemblage art (L.A. born, intersectional feminist artist and activist)
Noah Purifoy
John Outterbridge
Alma Thomas
Mardi Gras Indians (video: All on a Mardis Gras Day)

Literatura
19 Books to Read in Honor of Black History Month
10 Black Authors that Everyone Should Read

Danza
Katherine DunhamVideo: Carnival of Rhythm, 1941

Bill T. JonesVideo: Analogy/Lance: Pretty aka the Escape Artist | The Kennedy Center

Alvin AileyVideo: Alvin Ailey and the Importance of the Arts | The New Yorker

Carmen de LavalladeVideo: Excerpt of Banda w/Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder

Arthur Miller/Dance Theater of Harlem, Video: Dancing Through Harlem

Shabba-Doo, Video: American Soul

Lula Washington, Video: From The Ford: Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Debbie AllenVideo: Carnival

Willi NinjaVideo: Clip from "Paris is Burning"

Teatro
Lorraine Hansberry
August Wilson
Black Theater: The Making of a Movement
Celebrating Black History Month: Broadway Milestones You Ought to Know

Comida
6 Black Chefs (and 1 Inventor) Who Changed the History of Food
Leah Chase, New Orleans Chef, Restaurateur and Activist



Recursos para familias
Grados K-2

Sankofa Read Aloud 
60+ Children's Books about Legendary Black Musicians
24 Books With Black Protagonists by Black Authors All Kids Should Read
10 Children’s Books Illuminate the Lives of Important African American Artists and Photographers
Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood, Carole Boston Weatherford (Sankofa Read Aloud of this title found here. )
That Is My Dream!: A picture book of Langston Hughes's (Harlem Renaissance)
Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson
Freedom in Congo Square, Carole Boston Weatherford (read aloud. here
Firebird, Misty Copeland (read aloud here)

Grados 3-5
60+ Children's Books about Legendary Black Musicians
24 Books With Black Protagonists by Black Authors All Kids Should Read
10 Children’s Books Illuminate the Lives of Important African American Artists and Photographers
Finding Langston, Lesa Cline-Ransome (The Harlem Renaissance) 
Zora and Me, Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon
Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson
Freedom in Congo Square, Carole Boston Weatherford (read aloud. here
The Last-Last Day of Summer, Lamar Giles

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