Black History Month Resources

Here are some thoughts from YES on how white brothers and sisters can celebrate BHM. 

It's important that we bring a modern-day context to the celebration and acknowledge that black history is a continually evolving living history in which we all play a role.

6 Tips for White People Who Want to Celebrate Black History 

Here are some suggestions to ensure students get the most out of black history and Black History Month. 

Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Black History (Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance)

Incorporate black history year-round, not just in February. Use the month of February to dig deeper into history and make connections with the past. 

See these other articles from Teaching Tolerance:

Rich and full Padlets to explore curricula, teaching ideas, articles, books, videos, and previous lessons from the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. 

Black Lives Matter at School: Early Childhood Resources (Ages 4-8)

Black Lives Matter at School: Elementary Resources

Black Lives Matter at School: Middle School Gallery

Black Lives Matter at School: High School Gallery

Add depth and dimension to your Black History Month lessons with this collection of resources highlighting key events, movements, and traditions as well as notable leaders, poets, and musicians. /p>

Black History Month Lessons and Resources (National Education Association)

Discover content area lesson plans to help teachers integrate African-American culture and history into your curriculum.

The National African American Read-In (NCTE)

The National Council of Teachers of English asks schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Find more ideas for Read-In activities from ReadWriteThink.

Browse the rich online resources of this new national museum located on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Learn about significant moments in African American history, culture, and community — as well as the people who helped shape this history. The website also offers educator, family, and student resources. Collection Stories invites NMAAHC staff to share their interpretation of the collections they find most powerful.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

You are a slave in the South before the Civil War. Should you risk escape with Harriet Tubmans help through the Underground Railroad to Canada? Take an interactive journey on the Underground Railroad.

The Underground Railroad (National Geographic)

Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides, and research aids.

African American History Month for Teachers (Library of Congress)

Collection includes reading lists for young people, lessons about African American artists, writers, and pioneering aviators, a virtual history tour, videos — and music, and spoken-word recordings (along with lesson plans) from the Smithsonian Folkways archive.

Black History Teaching Resources (Smithsonian Institution)

Multimedia resources to help understand the more than 400 year long history of African Americans, and investigate more deeply the struggles, challenges and achievements of African Americans. Resources are arranged cronologically. See also Celebrate African American History Month.

EDSITEment's Guide to Black History Month Teaching Resources (National Edowment for the Humanities)

Gain Open access to historic front pages, news stories, lesson plans, and much more.

Celebrate Black History Month (New York Times Learning Network)

An updated roundup of online resources related to important moments in the history of African Americans; teaching materials from the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and other federal agencies; literacy resources; African Americans in the sciences; and more.

Black History Past and Present (Middle Web)

Browse this collection of booklists and activities that celebrate culture and family and teach diversity — such as growing a family tree, planning a family reunion, or making African vegetable stew with Maya and Miguel.

Embracing Black History (PBS Parents)

Explore exceptional African American achievements with these cross-curricular activities. See also Celebrate Black History With Gee's Bend Quilts.

Meet famous African Americans, listen to jazz music, publish your own writing, and explore history with the interactive timeline.

Culture and Change: Black History in America (Scholastic)

A rich collection of online sources for teachers, from Larry Ferlazzo.

Best Websites to Teach and Learn About African-American History (Education Week)

This work is important. 

 In City Schools of Decatur, we are committed to aligning educational practices, policies, and resources to ensure that all students have access to and feel welcome to participate in high-quality learning experiences, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, ability, religion, sexual orientation, linguistic diversity, or other cultural characteristics.

CSD will have achieved educational equity when ALL students have the resources, opportunities, and rigorous and relevant learning needed to enable their educational success.

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