This week the country celebrated Christopher Columbus holiday. I live in New York which meant there was the annual parade that marched up 5th avenue. People waved their flags, bands played and the music flowed. Schools were not in session, government offices were closed and subways were a lot less crowded. And, while I can appreciate not having someone bum rush my personal space during my morning commute, each year I find it hard to fathom why we continue to celebrate this holiday. What was equally disturbing is that Christopher Columbus “discovering” America is still be taught in schools. So, how does a parent like me do her part to combat this? This year I opted to look for stories about Black explorers. I had alway heard of Mathew Henson and shared the story with my kid but this time around I learned about other explorers such as Pedro Alonso Nino and Juan Garrido both of who were explorers in the 1400’s and1500’s. I’ve included a link to sites should if you want to learn more.