Black History Resources 2023

Black History Resources

 by gsumner3rd

Celebrating Black History Month

February 2023

Black History Month, also known as African American History month, has 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.

National Archives

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.

https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/african-american-history

Public Broadcasting

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.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/2014/02/black-history-month-teaching-resources/

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Explore Black History Month with your students using lessons, podcasts, activities, and primary sources.

https://historyexplorer.si.edu/major-themes/theme/black-history-month

National Geographic KIDS

A brief history of the celebration and history of African Americans as part of Black History Month

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/black-history-month

CNN

CNN focuses on 28 Black figures – one for each day of February – who don’t often make the history books.

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/02/us/little-known-black-history-figures/

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.

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/africanamericanheritage/index.htm/index.htm

iCivics

In celebration of Black History Month, iCivics shares resources as well as partner organizations to support learning and conversations in the classroom.

https://www.icivics.org/news/blog-post/black-history-month-lesson-plans-and-resources-classroom-0

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.

https://www.civiced.org/lesson-plans/black-history-month

History Channel 

General information for Black History Month is presented by the History Channel.

https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month

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Other Resources

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.

https://wv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ull20-charlotta-spears-bass-video/unladylike2020/#.YBRdDTFKhmJ

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.

https://wv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/jackierobinson-clip-brown-board-ed/ken-burns-jackie-robinson-brown-board-ed-activity/#.YBRaYzFKhmI

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).

https://wv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/b2d0b150-7e31-4fa0-b44c-a43dff5633ac/keep-your-head-up-black-america-since-mlk-and-still-i-rise/

National Archives

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.

https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/african-american-history