White parents, it's time to do the work honoring Black history

Melanie L. Harris is associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion of AddRan College of Liberal Arts and the School for Interdisciplinary Studies at Texas Christian University; and the author of "Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths."

Jennifer Harvey is a professor of religion at Drake University and the author of "Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America."

(CNN)Right now, all over the United States, Black families are teaching the next generation of Black youth with intention and care.

Every month is Black History Month for Black families and their allies.
It's always time to consciously center and celebrate Black empowerment and achievements, as well as the legacies of strength and struggle against racism. We can honor the whole of Black history, rooted in rites, rituals and intellectual traditions from across the African diaspora every month of the year.
    From a Black perspective, it's necessary to take the time to acknowledge Black beauty, pride and incredible faith and fortitude despite living through more than 400 years of oppression.
      Rather than just taking a moment to educate all about the heroism of Harriet Tubman or the genius of cultural anchor Hank Aaron, Black History Month is a celebration of Black brilliance, community values and commitments to justice that are lived out 365 days a year.
        So, what does it mean to teach White youth with intention and care?
        What better time than now to start teaching your child about Black history? Then keep it going all year long.
        For White families this might feel trickier. White people parenting today may not have been raised with a focus on Black history, so they may not feel like they know enough or know what to do. Some parents may know it's important we all celebrate Black excellence but worry that parti