While many of us seek activities to fill our children’s calendars and minds for Black History Month in February, fewer remember to celebrate in March, for Women’s History Month. I am also guilty. It seems that only every couple years I remember that March is Women’s History Month and do something special. The acknowledgement of March as the designated time to celebrate Women’s History commenced in 1987 in response to a petition from the National Women’s History Project.
Before this month comes to an end, take the time to research women history makers with your children. The women listed are from different points in history and have made varying contributions. While this is by no means a comprehensive list, or meant to relay the “most important” contributions, it is a start. Please comment with the woman your family chose to research first and what you found out about her.
10 Women to Research for Women’s History Month
2. Yaa Asantewaa
3. Ida B. Wells
4. Fannie Lou Hamer
5. Dr. Wangari Maathai
6. Elaine Brown
7. Mae Jemison
8. Winnie Mandela
9. Queen Mother Moore
10. Alice Walker
Who would you add to the list?
I look forward to your comments about who your family studied and what you learned.
Love and Light,
Yoruba Names Lesson Plan
I hope that your week is going well. Today, after a discussion about the meaning of names, I felt inspired to search for a lesson plan about the reverence given to the naming process in Africa. Sometimes, people ridicule African names because they may be difficult to pronounce. It is important that we teach our children respect for names, no matter how different that they may sound.
For instance, in Nigeria, Abayomiolorunkoje is one name for a boy from the Yoruba ethnic group. In America, a boy may be teased for having a name so complex. However, in Yoruba, the name means, “People wanted to humiliate me, but God does not allow [it]“.
Follow the link for an awesome lesson plan on Yoruba names, appropriate for students 2nd grade and above. One note: the link to the Smithsonian website within the lesson plan did not work, so you can visit this site (http://www.onlinenigeria.com/nigeriannames/Yoruba.asp) for a list of Yoruba names and their meanings.
This lesson plan can also be adjusted for discussion on Akan day names (http://www.twi.bb/akan-names.php). The Akan people in Ghana oftentimes name their children based on the days that the children were born. It would be very simple to have an Akan naming ceremony as part of a unit about Ghana.
Enjoy, and all feedback is welcomed.