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Art, History & Culture
Black History Month Lesson Plans & Ideas
BLACK HISTORY MONTH - can be a wonderful celebration of the contributions that African Americans have made to American history and culture. All too often, however, those contributions are heralded in February but seldom mentioned throughout the rest of the year. Ideally, every month’s history curriculum should include those contributions, but how do you integrate African American history into the curriculum on a regular basis?
Go beyond approaches that marginalize African American history by "shifting the lens" to look at events from new perspectives. For ideas on how to best accomplish this, visit the following websites:
- Black History Month Activities and Lessons
Great resources to help educate students about important historical events and people of African decent.
- Critical Multicultural Pavilion
Black History Month - Elementary Resources
Black History Month - Middle & High School Resources
Brown v. Board of Education
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
- African American Astronauts
Biographies of former, current and candidate astronauts.
- African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
A digital collection of 52 published works by 19th century black women writers.
- Afrocentric Voices: In Classical Music
Biographies of some of the African American singers and composers that have contributed to the world of Classical music.
- AfroPoets.net - Famous Black Writers
Links to famous African-American poets such as Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, etc... At each poet site, you will be able to read over their biography, poems, and even check out their picture....
- All About Martin Luther King, Jr.
(for lower grades) Includes MLK bio, timeline, printout MLK activity, quiz, MLK activity book, and more.
- Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators
The story of how one group of Americans overcame enormous obstacles to break into aviation.
- Celebrating Black History 365
Learn more about many influential African American men and women.
- The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
Profiled here are African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering.
- George Washington Carver
Learn about George Washington Carver and how he worked to better mankind.
- The Top Ten African American Inventors
Read about ten men and women and see what important and fun devices they invented.
- African American Odyssey
This Library of Congress site showcases the library's collection of rare books, government documents, manuscripts, musical scores, plays, films and recordings related to the African American experience.
- African American Perspectives
A review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900.
- African Studies Guide
Online Africa resources for the classroom research and study.
- "I Will Be Heard" - Abolitionism in America
The site features rare books, manuscripts, letters, photographs, and other materials from Cornell’s pre-eminent anti-slavery and Civil War collections, the exhibition explores the complex history of slavery, resistance, and abolition from the 1700s through 1865.
- In Motion: The African American Migration Experience
Learn about thirteen defining migrations that have formed and transformed African America and the nation.
- The Internet African-American History Challenge
Features illustrated biographical sketches of 12 notable 19th-century African Americans.
- PBS: Africans in America
The Web site chronicles the history of racial slavery in the United States -- from the start of the Atlantic slave trade in the 16th century to the end of the American Civil War in 1865. The Teacher's Guide provides a context for teachers and students to use the Web in and out of the classroom.
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
For secondary teachers who are looking for informational texts or multiple perspectives on historic events, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a research library division within the New York Public Library, which offers links to several databases of African American literature, biographies and resources.
- My Story: Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks, "The Mother of the Modern-day Civil Rights Movement," describes her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helps students understand the importance of every individual citizen in a democracy. Read through her story and then express how you would feel if you were in her situation.
- Rosa Parks Bus
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old African American seamstress, boarded this Montgomery City bus to go home. On this bus, she initiated a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality.
Slavery and Abolition