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Celebrate Black History Month with Rootle PBS KIDS

Stu, dad, Lyla, mom, 5-year-old brother Luke, and 12-year-old twin sisters Liana and Louisa from Lyla n the Loop.

Happy Black History Month from your friends at Rootle! 

Learn about Black leaders this month with Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, and catch the premiere of Lyla in the Loop, an all-new PBS KIDS show. Explore crafts and activities to help your child express their newfound knowledge through art and poetry. 

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Watch on Rootle PBS KIDS

Lyla in the Loop 

Lyla in the Loop is a funny and engaging new animated series for kids ages 4–8. Lyla Loops and her fantastical blue sidekick, Stu, use creative and strategic problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to help their family, friends, and community. From building homemade carnival games to creating a new sandwich for the family restaurant, Lyla, Stu, and the whole Loops crew tackle challenges with equal servings of humor and heart. 

Watch Lyla in the Loop every day at 4 PM on the Rootle channel. Watch on the PBS KIDS Video App and online at pbskids.org/lyla

Lyla in the Loop is streaming now on PBS KIDS!

Lyla in the Loop is streaming now on PBS KIDS!

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum 

Xavier Riddle & the Secret Museum follows the adventures of Xavier, Yadina and Brad as they tackle everyday problems by doing something extraordinary: traveling back in time to learn from real-life inspirational figures when they were kids. 

Watch Xavier Riddle & the Secret Museum on Rootle Monday–Friday at 2:30 PM. Find more airdates on the TV Schedules page.> 

I am Zora Neale Hurston/I am Charles Dickens

I am Zora Neale Hurston/I am Charles Dickens

Black Leaders in Xavier Riddle
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I am Zora Neale Hurston/I am Charles Dickens
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
I am Zora Neale Hurston/I am Charles Dickens
I am Jesse Owens/I am Ella Fitzgerald
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
I am Jesse Owens/I am Ella Fitzgerald
I am Alvin Ailey/I am Lucy Maud Montgomery
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
I am Alvin Ailey/I am Lucy Maud Montgomery
I am Billie Jean King/I am Arthur Ashe
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
I am Billie Jean King/I am Arthur Ashe
I am Wilma Rudolph/I am Jonas Salk
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
I am Wilma Rudolph/I am Jonas Salk
I am Harriet Tubman
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
I am Harriet Tubman
I am Grandmaster Flash/I am Mary Seacole
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
I am Grandmaster Flash/I am Mary Seacole
I am Rosa Parks/I am Thurgood Marshall
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
I am Rosa Parks/I am Thurgood Marshall
I am Maya Angelou/I am Frederick Douglass
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
I am Maya Angelou/I am Frederick Douglass
I am Bessie Coleman/I am King Sejong the Great
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
I am Bessie Coleman/I am King Sejong the Great

Learning Black History with PBS KIDS

It’s never too early to teach your little ones about the remarkable Black leaders of the past to the present. Encourage your child’s curiosity about the contributions and achievements of Black people, from scientists and politicians to activists, artists and others who have made lasting impacts on U.S. history.  

Also discuss the history of unjust and unfair treatment faced by Black individuals due to the color of their skin. Though these conversations can be difficult, by acknowledging hard truths, you can help your child comprehend the resilience displayed by Black people throughout history. 

For more Black History Month resources, visit PBS KIDS for Parents.>

Black History in North Carolina 

You can learn about North Carolina Black history at the Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad Museum, which is recognized by the National Park Service as a part of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. This Black-owned museum aims to educate North Carolinians and elevate the Black leaders of yesterday by retelling their history today. In this video, watch museum curator Leesa Payton Jones as she shares the history of the Underground Railroad right here in North Carolina. 

The Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad Museum is located at the corner of Main and Gladden Streets in Washington, NC. It’s open for tours on Fridays and Saturdays, 11 AM–3 PM. Please call 609-444-8974 to confirm hours before visiting.

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