I don’t go out to see many movies, as I am a big fan of staying home, and watching movies and serials on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. But I recently saw Hidden Figures, and it was fabulous. Whether you wait until you can watch it at home or not, I highly recommend it. And later this month (as part of my tribute to Black History Month), I will be digging up five of the best sites I can find on Katherine Johnson (one of the heroes featured in Hidden Figures.)
In addition to the Black History Month resources mentioned below, I have built up quite the archive of Black History content. I’ve listed them all in an easy-to-print format (meaning the URLs are displayed, not hidden behind a linked title) here: Black History Month Resources.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Black History Month
Black History Month Printable(** for Premium Members only)
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, 1809) and Frederick Douglass (February 14, 1818). The week-long observance officially became Black History Month in 1976.
Bio: Black History
“African-American history is filled with the tales of inspiring individuals – many of whom overcame great odds to leave their mark on the United States.” Biography.com’s collection of biographies are presented here with the newest entries at the top. To traverse to the next page, use the ” See More” link at the bottom. Or, to find a particular black hero, use the search function in the upper right-hand corner.
History: Black History Month
“President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to ‘seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.'” Begin with the two-minute video on the origins of Black History Month, then peruse the related content in the right-hand sidebar, which includes a gallery of Black Women Musicians and a look at the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Scholastic: Black History in America
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 heroes 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.
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Black History Month Printable
Martin Luther King, Jr. Printable
Rosa Parks Printable
Tuskegee Airmen Printable
Sojourner Truth Printable
Carter G. Woodson Printable
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Quote of the Week
“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” ~~ Carter G. Woodson ~~ (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) American historian known as Father of Black History. Read more quotes from Carter Woodson by clicking the link.
Surfing the Calendar
Black History Month February
Wild Bird Feeding Month February
American Heart Month February
Children’s Dental Health Month February
First Session of Supreme Court Feb 1, 1790
Change Your Password Day Feb 1, 2017
Digital Learning Day Feb 1, 2017
Seven Dead in Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster Feb 1, 2003
Sled Dogs Save Nome, AK Feb 2, 1925
Judy Blume’s Birthday Feb 2, 1938
Groundhog Day Feb 2, 2017
Endangered Species Act Anniversary Feb 3, 1973
Charles Lindbergh Birthday Feb 4, 1902
Rosa Parks’ Birthday Feb 4, 1913
Yalta Conference Feb 4-11, 1945