I hope for the day that Black children around the world will see themselves in the moon. We must share classical African-American children’s moon art, books, jewelry, and other gifts with them, so that they will have no doubts that they are as heavenly, magical, important, and cherished as the moon.
“We must strive to be like the moon.’ An old man in Kabati repeated this sentence often… the adage served to remind people to always be on their best behavior and to be good to others.
Children watch their shadows and play in its light, people gather at the square to tell stories and dance through the night. A lot of happy things happen when the moon shines. These are some of the reasons why we should want to be like the moon.”
― Ishmael Beah
African-American Children’s Moon Art
Art by Ruud Van Empel
Cool Moon Facts for Kids (and let’s be honest, for adults too, lol)
- The moon formed about 30–50 million years after the Earth formed.
- The moon was formed when a large object hit the Earth and blasted out rocks that all came together.
- Eventually these rocks all melted together cooled down and became the Moon.
- For another 500 million years, pieces of rock kept hitting the surface of the Moon.
- The reason we can still see this damage from the hitting rocks is because the Moon has no atmosphere, so we can still see what happened billions of years ago.
- We can always only see one side of the moon; the other side is always turned away from us
- There is a tall mountain on the Moon; and the name of this mountain is Mons Huygens.
- The moon weighs much more than the Earth