Mother Teaches 5-Year-Old Daughter Black History Lesson Through Dress Up

Ava Noelle as  Misty CopelandHow did your parents teach you about Black history? Freelance journalist Chauncia Boyd Rogers came up with a very creative way to introduce her five-year-old daughter, Ava Noelle to notable African-American women, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Harriet Tubman, Phillis Wheatley, Loretta Lynch, Marie V. Brittan Brown, Ida B. Wells, and Oprah Winfrey.

The idea came to Rogers back in January when she saw a photo of Ava and herself at her church’s Black History Month program four years ago, which included dressing and acting as notable African Americans and then discussing each person. She then decided to recreate photos of remarkable Black women and have Ava model each historical figure.

“My daughter turned five last December, so I decided that she should learn about Black history. I had casually shared facts before, but I felt she needed a formal lesson,” Rogers explains. “Ava really loves playing dress-up and she has a vivid imagination, so I borrowed that from the church project. I knew that the fun and interactive element would engage Ava and help her retain the information.”

Deciding which women to depict was probably the biggest challenge, but Rogers ultimately wanted to focus on some of the lesser known women. “My main goal was to teach Ava about women from a variety of categories,” she says. “I didn’t want to saturate the lesson with entertainers and sports figures. I wanted Ava to know that Black women have had a great impact in law, education, medicine, activism, journalism, etc.”

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