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Black History Month

Recommended for Third Grade to Adult Learner

  • Alabama African American History Collection
    Grades 7-12

    These video clips feature interviews with some of the most legendary African Americans in Alabama's history.
  • Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement
    Grades 7-12

    A series of Learning Adventures occurring throughout the Civil Rights fiftieth anniversary years of 2013-2015 that focus on the role of citizenship in a democracy through the study of historical events.
  • Black History Month Collection
    Grades 5-10

    Recognize Black History Month with this collection highlighting the history of African Americans in Georgia, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.
  • 1895: A Turning Point in Black History
    Grades 9-12

    What important milestones in African American history took place in 1895? Students explore this question with the following video (with discussion questions, student handout + teaching tips) from Independent Lens.
  • Ida B. Well: A Lifetime of Activism
    Grades 9-12

    Teach students about the roles Ida B. Wells maintained, including teacher, activist, journalist, women’s rights advocate, and leader of the anti-lynching movement.
  • Their History is Our History
    Grades 9-11

    Invite students to explore the ways history connects people with this "Slavery By Another Name" educational unit from Twin Cities Public Television.
  • Move On Up...or Not
    Grades 9-12

    With educational resources based on the PBS series "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise," students will explore how the African American community found itself split into two distinct classes—middle class and poor—in the 1970s.
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
    Grades 7-13+

    Deepen your students' understanding of American history by adding to their knowledge of social justice movements with the following discussion guide based on the Independent Lens' film "The Black Panthers."
  • A History of Discrimination and its Consequences
    Grades 7-12

    Help students understand the history of the Civil Rights Movement, including how certain rights, laws, and freedoms in America allowed or stopped families from improving from one generation to the next. From NewsHour Extra.
  • Malcolm X
    Grades 3-7

    Students examine the life of Malcolm X, African American leader and human rights activist, with the following "American Icons" lesson plan.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
    Grades 3-7

    Use this "American Icons" lesson plan to help students explore how Martin Luther King, Jr.'s commitment to nonviolence contributed to the expansion of social justice in the U.S.
  • Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
    Grades 8-12

    Have you ever read a book or been exposed to another art form that spoke your truth and inspired you to want to create? Students explore this question and others with this American Masters video featuring the work of poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.
  • Maya Rudolph's Ancestry
    Grades 6-13+

    Teach students about the Emancipation Proclamation through story of Maya Rudolph's enslaved ancestors, who sued for their freedom in a remarkable case that happened 40 years before Lincoln issued his presidential proclamation.
  • Sam Phillips: Producing the Sounds of a Changing South
    Grades 9-13+

    Students learn about the role of "producer" in the recording industry in this Soundbreaking lesson. They'll also learn how the recordings Sam Phillips produced reflected trends of urbanization and integration in the 1950s American South.
  • The Beat as an Object of Celebration and Concern in Segregation-Era America
    Grades 9-13+

    How has “the beat” been an object of both celebration and concern in the history of popular music? Access the Soundbreaking lesson plan for grades 9-12.

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