African American Black History Month

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 21st, 2013 and it is time to plan  some good activities on African American History as we move through January.

February  is African American Black History Month, and here are some good resources to start your lesson planning.  

The theme for 2013 is “The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and commemoration of 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. ”  Check out the  “Association for the Study of African American Life and History” website for information and resources.

West Virginia teachers:

e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia ( is a valuable resource for you and your students during Black History Month. The website includes several articles about the African-American experience:

African-American Heritage:

African-American Education:

African-American Coal Miners:

e-WV also features numerous articles about prominent African-Americans:

Educator Booker T. Washington:

Historian Carter G. Woodson:

Legislator Minnie Buckingham Harper:

Students can test their knowledge of African-American history in the Mountain State by taking one of the many quizzes included on the site:

 e-WV, available to anyone with an Internet connection, includes more than 2,200 articles as well as thousands of illustrations.The online encyclopedia is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council, which published the print version of the West Virginia Encyclopedia in 2006. If you are already using e-WV in the classroom, thank you! Let us know what you think of the site and how we can improve it.


Becky Calwell, Editor

West Virginia Humanities Council

1310 Kanawha Blvd. E.

Charleston, WV  25301