Many of you are asking us, “What can I read or have my daughter read regarding…?” So, each month we are bringing you relevant resources to help you lead your daughter well. These are simply supplemental resources to your monthly Courageous Girls Lessons to help us all navigate the various issues we are facing today.
February is Black History Month
A core value of Courageous Girls is loving others well and we value the incredible contributions made to our community, nation, and world by countless African Americans. Take time to research or read with your daughters about the inspiring, heroic, and courageous African American women and men. The list below is in no way exhaustive, but merely a starting point.
You might not know
Carter G. Woodson (author, historian, and second African American Harvard Ph.D. graduate) is known as the “Father of Black History”. Woodson’s parents were enslaved. As an adult, he saw a void in the educational system regarding lack of information and achievements made by fellow African Americans. To act on this, Woodson proposed a national “Negro History Week” in February 1926, but it wasn’t until 1976 (during the civil rights movement) that President Gerald R. Ford expanded the week into Black History Month.
Resources to READ this month
You will not want to miss these powerful reads by Dr. Ron Archer, inspirational speaker, business executive trainer, author, recipient of the MLK award and former NFL chaplain. He also happens to be the guest speaker on The Living Wholehearted Podcast (episode 64), see below.
Creative God Colorful Us by Trillia Newbell Check out this incredible book of truth and wisdom that invites you into a deeper understanding and knowing of God’s truth. God could have made us all exactly the same, but He didn’t. And our differences are good! Every person is made by God, in His image, and therefore is equal in value and worth.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee is ideal for readers 8-12 years of age. This incredible story follows four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles tells the courageous story of six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family who moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in 1960. As a 1st grader, Ruby was ordered by a judge to attend an all white school. In doing so, she faced angry mobs of parents who wouldn’t send their children to school. Ruby’s story of courage, faith, and hope continues to inspire hearts of all ages.
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson is a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it’s trying to break her. This is a poignant read for ages 12-17. On a side note, Renee grew up in the Portland, Oregon area and there are many pieces of her personal story that come to life in this book.
Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids: 51 Inspiring People from Ancient Africa to Modern-Day U.S.A by Arlisha Norwood introduces readers 8-12 (and beyond) to 51 black leaders and role models from both history and modern times.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson is a powerful memoir that shares about Jacqueline’s childhood through poetry. This memoir would be a poignant read for ages 10-14.
I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brings the reader back to August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation’s history.
Black Women in Science by Kimberly Brown Pellum. Written for children, this book features 15 powerful stories of courageous female scientists that advanced their STEM fields.
Resources to WATCH this month:
Join CG Co-Founders Jeff and Terra Mattson for a FB Live on the “Core Value Index: Understanding our Wirings”on February 17th at 1:00-1:30pm PST.
Resources to LISTEN to this month:
The Living Wholehearted Podcast. Ron Archer, a recipient of the MLK award has an incredible message to share with the CG community, but particularly our Courageous Girls dads. Be sure to listen in on Ron Archer’s powerful story, which posts Feb 2nd. Also in February, don’t miss Jeff and Terra sharing their love story and the return of Jonathan Pitts with an inspirational message!
Powerful song of Lament by The Porter’s Gate – “He is Among Us”