20 Powerful Black History Month Poems for Kids of All Ages

Black History Month is a time to celebrate and honor the rich contributions of African Americans throughout history. One way to engage children in this important observance is through poetry. Poetry allows children to explore important themes, emotions, and historical events in a creative and engaging way. Here are 20 powerful Black History Month poems that are perfect for kids of all ages:

  1. “I, Too” by Langston Hughes
  2. “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou
  3. “Harriet Tubman” by Eloise Greenfield
  4. “The Negro Mother” by Langston Hughes
  5. “Hey Black Child” by Useni Eugene Perkins
  6. “Freedom’s Plow” by Langston Hughes
  7. “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou
  8. “Rosa Parks” by Eloise Greenfield
  9. “If We Must Die” by Claude McKay
  10. “The Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  11. “Strange Fruit” by Abel Meeropol
  12. “Dreams” by Langston Hughes
  13. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
  14. “Frederick Douglass” by Robert Hayden
  15. “The Creation” by James Weldon Johnson
  16. “Malcolm X” by Eloise Greenfield
  17. “America” by Claude McKay
  18. “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes
  19. “Witness” by Nikki Giovanni
  20. “The Darker Brother” by Gwendolyn Brooks

These poems cover a wide range of topics, from historical figures like Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks to themes of resilience, identity, and the African American experience. By sharing these poems with children, you can help foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for Black history and culture.

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