Black History

by Mary Ann Kelley

Resources for studying about black history

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Eyes on the Prize: American Civl Rights Movement 1954-1985  (M,O,T)
Website based on the PBS presentation of the same name from American Experience; includes several reproductions of primary sources

Suggestions For Riding Desegregated Buses (1956)  (Y,M,O,T)
"Following their months-long bus boycott, the black citizens of Montgomery, Alabama got word that the Supreme Court had decided in their favor, and that the buses would have to desegregate. The boycotters' organization, the Montgomery Improvement Association, circulated the following flyer to advise people on how to behave in order to maintain the movement's non-violent character and enjoy a dignified victory."

Black History Month   (M. O. T)
From the Center for Civic Education's School Violence Prevention Demonstration Program. Lesson plans that explore the use of nonviolence in history, paying particular attention to the civil rights movement and African American history. Written for middle and high school students.

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site   (Y,M,O,T)
Carter Godwin Woodson was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The website offers historical information about Carter Godwin Woodson for those who cannot visit in person.

The Story of Nicodemus  (Y,M,O,T)
The first town established by African Americans after the Civil War. This is a feature website from The National Park Service.

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site   (Y,M,O,T)
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for African American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The website offers historical information about Mary McLeod Bethune for those who cannot visit in person.

Hampton National Historic Site   (Y,M,O,T)
Hampton is the name of the georgian estate built in the early 1800's. The historic site there tells the story of the people, enslaved African Americans, indentured servants, industrial and agricultural workers, and owners, who worked there.

Central High School National Historic Site   (Y,M,O,T)
Little Rock Central High School is recognized for the role it played in the desegregation of public schools in the United States. The website offers historical information about the park for those who cannot visit in person.

Boston African American National Historic Site  (Y,M,O,T)
The African Meeting House was built in 1806 to house the first African Baptist Church of Boston. It was the first African American Baptist church created north of the Mason Dixon Line and is now the oldest surviving black church building in America. In 1863, it served as a recruitment post for the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Regiment, which was the first official African American military regiment to fight for the Union in the Civil War. The website offers historical information about the church for those who cannot visit in person.

PIONEERS, Inc.  (Y,M,O,T)
From PIONEERS, Inc. non-profit organization. Black Scientists and Inventors

Martin Luther King Jr. Day  (Y,M)
From Kaboose.com. MLK Day activities as great classroom and after-school fun. Also learn about Black History month and some important African-American inventors.

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.  (Y)
From Family Education.com. This activity works well for Martin Luther King Day (January) and Black History Month (February).To view this printable you need Adobe Acrobat Reader. Grades K-3

The Freedom Rides  (Y,M)
From Core-online.org. CORE - Congress of Racial Equality.

1964 Civil Rights Act  (Y,M)
From spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Power of Nonviolence  (O)

Major Inventions by African-Americans  (Y,M)
A list of other items inventions by African-Americans.

Celebrate Black History  (M,O,T)
from biography.com

Martin Luther King Jr and the Civil Rights Movement  (Y,M,O,T)
This Web site, first created by The Seattle Times in 1996, contains the story of a remarkable man, images of a tumultuous time, and perspectives of politicians, academics, students and the many, ordinary citizens whose lives he touched.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute  (Y,M,O,T)

All About Martin Luther King Jr.  (M,O,T)
From Life.com

African American History Month  (Y,M,O,T)
African American History in the National Park Service.

A Time for Kids: Black History Month  (Y,M,)
From TIME For Kids. TFK is a weekly classroom news magazine. The Digital Editions supplement theprint subscription.

Black History Month Word Search Game  (M,O,T)
From About.com. Find the words pertaining to African-American history and the civil rights movement.

African American World Free Stuff  (Y,M,O,T)
Give yourself a blast of creative power with the African American World collection of screensavers, wallpaper and customizable e-cards.

The Underground Railroad  (Y,M,O,T)
A National Geographic Online presentation.

Images of African Americans from the 19th Century  (Y,M,O,T)
From NYPL Digital Library Digital library collections Schomburg

African American World  (Y,M,O,T)
Your guide to African American history and culture. From PBS.org

Black History Month / African American Section  (Y,M)
From DLTK's Crafts for Kids

Black History Month  (Y,M)
From Surfnetkids.com

African Americans Black History Month   (Y,M,O,T)
Free Presentations in PowerPoint format. From Pete's Power Point Station.

African American History For Kids  (Y,M,O,T)
From University of Illinois Extension

Black History Month: Activities and Resources for Children  (Y,M,O,T)
From Family Education

Puzzles for Kids - Black History Month  (Y,M)
Crosswords, Jigsaw Puzzles and other Games. From About.com

Black History Month  (Y,M,O,T)
From Kaboose.com. February is Black History Month. Learn about important African Americans and enjoy some fun crafts and activities to celebrate Black history and culture.

African-American History Month  (Y,M,O,T)
From Mrs. Mitchell's Virtual School

Black History Month Unit Resources  (Y,M)
Civil Rights Movement, Harlem Renaissance, Folk Tales, Famous People, Kwanzaa, Games, More

George Washington Carver Coloring and Activity Book  (Y,M)
From the Department of Agriculture with art work submissions by the National Park Service and the American Peanut Council.

Slaves and conductors of the Underground Railroad  (Y,M,O,T)
Learn why and how slaves escaped from their owners using the underground railroad, and who ran the underground railroad. Lots of online resources and activities.

The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture  (Y,M,O,T)
The Centers focuses on documenting and preserving memorabilia from the civil rights period, Montgomery black history and the history of Alabama State University.

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site  (Y,M,O,T)
Maggie Lena Walker was an African American teacher and businesswoman. She was the first female bank president and the first woman to charter a bank in the United States. Walker also became an example for people with disabilities later in life when she became limited to a wheelchair. The website offers historical information about Maggie Lena Walker for those who cannot visit in person.

Martin Luther King, Jr National Historic Park  (Y,M,O,T)
The Birth Home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitors are allowed only with a park ranger led tour. The tours are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The website offers historical information about Martin Luther King, Jr for those who cannot visit in person.

Nicodemus National Historic Site  (Y,M,O,T)
At the end of the Civil Was, African Americans left the south and settled in the Great Plains. Nicodemus is the oldest and only remaining all Black Town west of the Mississippi River. The website offers historical information about the town for those who cannot visit in person.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site  (Y,M,O,T)
Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass was a runaway slave, abolitionist, civil rights advocate, author and statesmen. Visitors to the site learn about Frederick Douglass' efforts to abolish slavery and his struggle for rights for all oppressed people.

Selma to Montgomery National Voting Rights Trail  (Y,M,O,T)
Established by Congress in 1996 to commemorate the events, people, and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March in Alabama. The website offers historical information about the march for those who cannot visit in person.

Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site  (Y,M,O,T)
On the campus of historic Tuskegee University. The site includes the George W. Carver Museum and The Oaks, home of Booker T. Washington.

The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences  (Y,M,O,T)
Profiles of African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering.

Black Inventors A-Z  (Y,M,O,T)
This is a A-Z list of popular Black inventors that we have more extensive information on: biographies, images, timelines, and other media.

African-American Scientists  (Y)
Free Reference from Teacher Vision.com

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute  (Y,M,O,T)
The website of the Civil Rights Museum includes a virtual tour of the museum as well as teacher resources.

Rosa Parks Library and Museum  (M)
The only museum dedicated to the civil rights icon.

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church  (M O)
On Sunday morning, September 15, 1963, the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four girls. This murderous act shocked the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement.

Famous Black Inventors  (Y,M,O,T)
Famous black inventors - a database list of African American patent holders and individual biographies of African American inventors.

Preschool Black History Theme  (Y)
Early childhood education Black history activities and lesson plans for teachers of preschool children. Action rhymes, songs, art and crafts, games, skits. (Pre-K)

Digital History - Slavery  (Y,M,O,T)
This resource contains anthologies, primary sources, biographies, guides and additional resources about U.S. history.

African American World for Kids  (Y,M,O,T)
From PBS.

Teachers' Guide to Follow the Drinking Gourd  (Y,T)

The African-American Mosaic  (Y,M,O,T)
A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture

The Underground Railroad  (Y,M)
From National Geographic.com

Black Scientists and Inventors  (Y,M,O,T)
From Infoplease.com

George Washington Carver  (Y,M,O,T)

Black History at InfoPlease  (Y,M,O,T)
History & timeline, special features, fun stuff, and other resources

Black History Month from Biography.com  (Y,M,O,T)
Lots of biographies, a "Who Am I?" interactive quiz, teacher resources (created to accompany History Channel programming), and videos

The African-American Mosaic  (O)
A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture; taken from an exhibit of the same name.

Celebrate Black History  (T)
From the Learning Network, this is a group of assorted links for teachers and parents.

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site  (Y,M,O,T)
In the 1940's Tuskegee, Alabama became home to a "military experiment" to train America's first African-American military pilots. In time the "experiment" became known as the Tuskegee Experience and the participants as the Tuskegee Airmen. Come share their experience!

History.com: Black History  (Y,M,O,T)

Culture and Change: Black History in America  (Y,M,O,T)
Scholastic Teachers Activities in Black History

African-American History: Black History Month  (Y,M)
From EnchantedLearning.com

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