Black History Month

Black History Month Resources

Here is a great resource -  it is the featured topic this month on Edsitement, part of the MarcoPolo Internet for the Classroom network. If you are not familiar with this resource, it is well worth checking out. In addition to web sites, there is an extensive collection of  lesson plans organized by grade level and tied to national and state standars.

The link for African American Resources

African Americans in Science - Link

Lesson plan for grades 6-8 To explore the careers of prominent African Americans in science, mathematics, and technology.

A list of African American Scientists can be found at a link from this site.

Ruby Bridges

Ruby Nell Bridges was six-years-old when she was selected, with her parents' consent, by the NAACP to try to attend the New Orleans all-white William Frantz Elementary school in 1960.  Ruby is the subject of the famous Norman Rockwell painting, "The Problem We  All Face," depicted the day US Marshals escorted her to school through a crowd of angry protesters

Black History Month begins annually on February 1st
and was first organized in 1926, largely due to the
extraordinary efforts of historian Dr. Carter G. Wood-
son. Consider having your students create a timeline
for Black History Month, entering events and all the
great African Americans who have influenced the course
of history. Try this site for resources:


Excellent primary sources highlight this internet
treasure hunt on African American history. Students
must visit the various online resources, answer the
quiz, and then check the resource to find out if their
answer was correct. They will then consider their online
research in light of creating a thesis statement, with
guided questions supporting the effort. (7-12)

Black History Month Resources from Time for Kids,8805,97217,00.html

This online exhibit for students includes an interac-
tive timeline marking milestones through Black History,
a history challenge for King's Montgomery March, spot-
lights on famous African American artists, and audio
exhibits highlighting famous speeches. (UE-MS)