Surfing the Net with Kids: Black History Month

Surfing the Net with Kids: Black History Month

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February 6, 2000

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Black History Month

In 1915, historian Carter G. Woodson proposed a “Negro History Week” to
honor the history and contributions of African-Americans. Nine years
later, his dream became reality. Woodson chose the second week of February
to pay tribute to the birthdays of two Americans that dramatically affected
the lives of Blacks: Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass
(February 14). The week-long observance officially became Black History
Month in 1976.

Black History:
African-American Journey


This comprehensive history of African-Americans and their struggle for
freedom is excerpted from the World Book CD-ROM encyclopedia. Unlike many
African-American sites which start their history in the New World, World
Book begins with the African empires of the A.D. 300’s to the late 1500’s.
These wealthy countries of the Western Sudan — Ghana, Mali, and Songhai —
had economies based on farming, mining gold, and trading with the Arabs of
northern Africa. Most African-Americans can trace their roots to these
large empires.

History: Exploring African-American Issues


This collection of educational Web activities showcases five different
ways the Internet can be integrated into classroom learning. From a simple
hot list of Black History links, to an educational video conference, these
activities are of varying complexity. My favorites are the Subject Sampler
(find a topic that touches you emotionally), Interactive Treasure Hunt
(What was it that made Nat Turner lead his famous revolt?) and Tuskegee
Tragedy WebQuest (How does this tragedy compare to other historic

Black History Month


“This feature is dedicated to the celebration of African American
achievers.” Organized by discipline, Encarta presents black heroes in the
six spheres of art, education, literature, politics, science and sports.
Each discipline includes a small photo gallery, links to Encarta
biographies, articles from Africana (their black history CD-ROM) and
really good Web links.

Encyclopedia Britannica Guide to
Black History


With over 600 articles, hundreds of photographs and a dozen film and
sound clips, this online guide (also available as a CD-ROM) is extensive.
Eras in Black History examines five centuries of black heritage through
five distinct time periods. Timeline of Achievements traces the yearly
contributions of African-Americans in politics, industry, arts, religion,
sports and education. The site can alternatively be browsed alphabetically
through the Articles A to Z index, with links to biographies and

The Internet
African American History Challenge


“The Internet African American History Challenge is an interactive quiz
that helps you sharpen your knowledge of [19th century] African American
History. It’s an open-book test. So if you’re not sure of an answer, you
can check our reference material for help. Level I is the easiest and has
seven questions while levels II & III have ten questions each and are a
bit more challenging.”
Short bios are included on a dozen black leaders of the 1800’s, including
Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Nat Turner. The site lost a star
because of awkward navigation and layout.

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