How Celeb Moms Teach Their Kids About Black History
Vanessa Bell Calloway
"One of the first things I taught my girls was our Black national anthem, 'Lift Every...
"One of the first things I taught my girls was our Black national anthem, 'Lift Every Voice.' I’ve always loved that song, so while driving in the car when they were small, that would be the song that we would sing. I did this until they learned it word for word. When both of my girls where in the second grade, I did a one-woman show for their class as Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot. I dressed up like her and I spoke to the class in her voice and shared her life story with them. They were riveted! After my performance I taught the class 'Lift Every Voice' and passed out a pamphlet that I made of African-American firsts. It was great seeing little children of all colors sing our anthem. We are also Black art collectors, so all my girls ever saw were images of Black people all around our home."