Black History Month, also known as African American History month as been nationally recognized by every U.S. president since 1976. We are happy to share resources with you throughout the month of February to bring to students’ attention the changes in how people of African descent in the United States have viewed themselves, the influence of social movements on racial ideologies, and the aspirations of the black community.
Carlotta Spears Bass | Unladylike
Learn about Charlotta Spears Bass, a crusading newspaper editor and politician who was one of the first African American women to own and operate a newspaper in the United States, in this video from the Unladylike2020 series.
Brown v. Board of Education and Jackie Robinson’s Push for Equality
Students examine why and how Jackie Robinson fought for further integration after the Supreme Court’s decision that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education. Students will explore the Robinson family’s experiences facing overt racism, and discuss the ways implicit attitudes of prejudice shape people’s behavior and treatment of others.
Keep Your Head Up | Black America Since MLK | And Still I Rise
In this lesson, students examine their attitudes about some of the complexities posed by race. Students then explore the success of two African Americans in the entertainment industry—Oprah Winfrey and Robert L. Johnson, head of BET (Black Entertainment Television).
The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience and highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media.