Celebrating Black History Month
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.
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.
PBS provides a collection of 17 lesson plans and resources that cover topics ranging from important civil rights anniversaries to discussions about race in current events.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Explore Black History Month with your students using lessons, podcasts, activities, and primary sources.
National Geographic KIDS
A brief history of the celebration and history of African Americans as part of Black History Month
CNN focuses on 28 Black figures – one for each day of February – who don’t often make the history books.
National Park Service
From the first footsteps of enslaved peoples on American soil to where Martin Luther King, Jr. challenged us all to rise to his “Dream,” national parks preserve the places where this history happened.
In celebration of Black History Month, iCivics shares resources as well as partner organizations to support learning and conversations in the classroom.
Center for Civic Education
The Center for Civic Education has posted The School Violence Prevention Demonstration Program presenting lesson plans that explore the use of nonviolence in history, paying particular attention to the civil rights movement, and African American history.
General information for Black History Month is presented by the History Channel.
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