NMAAHC Family Day
On Saturday, April 13, the National Museum of African American History and Culture's Early Childhood Education Initiative hosted a Family Day. The event was inspired by the museum's first children's book, A is for All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book, written by Anna Forgerson Hindley and illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo.
Throughout the afternoon, NMAAHC educators led children in an art-making activity, “All the Things I Am!”, that encouraged young children to explore their identity and share what makes them unique through mixed-media self-portraits. In addition to drawing themselves, children added stickers with empowering adjectives from the book, such as brave, creative, happy, and resourceful.
Children were invited to participate in an interactive and empowering story time with three books. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation was offered during story time and throughout Family Day.
D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice representatives, Carlos Duque and Sara Beshawred, were on hand to meet caregivers and educators, explore books and resources from SocialJusticeBooks.org, and share future opportunities for caregivers and educators to meet, while making connections for ways to strengthen important anti-bias work among all stakeholders.