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Black History Month resources

In honor of Black History Month, I’m featuring these great resources for teachers, families, and history buffs alike to use year round.

Black History Month began in 1915, when historian Carter G. Woodson began the “Negro History Week” to honor the contributions of African Americans. He chose the second week of February to pay respect to two Americans who changed the lives of African Americans forever. Former President Abraham Lincoln’s tribute falls on February 12, while former enslaved person and social reformer Frederick Douglass’ remembrance lands on February 14.

Black Musicians and Activism Unit Plan
A multi-media, five-week unit plan created by second grade teacher Grace Loew of PS185M: The Locke School. 

45 Books to Teach Children About African American History

Notable African Americans From 18th Century to Present
Jeopardy-type game– play alone or challenge a friend

National Park Service Film with Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise.” (4 minutes)

History of Hip-hop
NPR interviews with 14 greats

African American Inventors
Highlighting 52 inventors, like the Real McCoy. Includes a quiz:
http://african-americaninventors.org/
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/inventors/miles.htm

BlackPast.org: Remembered & Reclaimed
A robust online reference center that makes available a wealth of materials on African American history.

Poetry Foundation
Poems, articles, and podcasts that explore African American history and culture.

Resource Guide for Educators and Families

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