Black History Month

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.

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PBS: African American World5 stars

PBS' African American World is divided into four channels: History, Arts & Culture, Race & Society, and Profiles. In addition to features on specific African Americans, this highly interactive site offers quizzes, games, free e-cards, screensavers, and computer wallpaper. For K-12 teachers, there are dozens of lesson plans. And on the right-hand side of the main page, be sure to read the daily tidbit about an interesting event "On This Day" in Black American history.

Scholastic: Black History in America5 stars

This Scholastic site is chock full of resources on Black History for students, teachers and parents. Best clicks for students are the interactive features such as "Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights" and "The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery." Printable worksheets about heros such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Harriet Tubman are listed on the right-hand side of the front page . The Teacher's Guide includes lesson plans, mini-books, and whiteboard activities.

Smithsonian Education: Black History Resources5 stars

From the Smithsonian Center for Education, these Black History resources include a reading list about African-American inventors, a guide to African-American art, and a special on African-American pioneers in aviation. Don't miss the Virtual Heritage Tour. "Twelve objects have been chosen from the Smithsonian collection to help you understand African American history and culture in a new way." Muhammend Ali's boxing gloves, a Bessie Coleman postage stamp, and a slave collar are just three of the objects explored in this excellent interactive lesson.

Black History Month Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

BlackHistory.com

FactMonster: Black History Month

History.com: Black History Month

In Motion African-American Migration Experience


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Feldman, Barbara. "Black History Month." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 14 Feb. 2012. Web. 4 Sep. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/black-history-month/ >.


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