Activities for the classroom, home, and the community
Embracing Black History (PBS Parents)
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.
Culture & Change: Black History in America (Scholastic)
Meet famous African Americans, listen to jazz music, publish your own writing, and explore history with the interactive timeline.
Protecting Family History and Looking at Photographs (National Museum of African American History and Culture)
These lesson plans show kids how to protect family history and artifacts the way museums do and teach how to analyze and "read" photographs.
Stories to Tell: Curating an African-American History Exhibit (New York Times Learning Network)
Given that history is composed of many interwoven stories, how do curators and other historians decide which stories to tell? How can key historical events, people, places and themes best be represented in a meaningful, engaging exhibit to teach others? In this lesson, students consider the messages sent by artifacts and then develop an African-American history exhibit.
Celebrate African American Heritage (Scholastic)
This website offers a comprehensive collection of classroom resources including lesson plans, book excerpts, author interviews, information about civil rights leaders, scientists, explorers, musicians, athletes, and little-known African Americans innovators and achievers.
The Underground Railroad (National Geographic)
Take an interactive journey on the Underground Railroad and learn more about the "faces of freedom" — including Frederick Douglass and lesser-known activists like Jermain Loguen and William Still. This new site also includes a timeline, maps about the Underground Railroad, and more teaching resources.
Rosa Parks Bus (Henry Ford Museum)
Learn more about Rosa Parks and her brave actions on December 1, 1955, the story behind the bus, and a chronology of the Civil Rights movement.
African-American Negro Baseball League
Are you a baseball fan? Visit the website for the African-American Negro Baseball League Museum to learn about the league's history, players, and teams.
People and events
Black History Month (Time for Kids)
Meet the black leaders who inspire some of today’s African American leaders, read an interview with one of the original Tuskegee Airmen (and learn about the movie Red Tails), discover African American inventors whose inventions are part of everyday life, and much more in this multimedia site.
Meet Amazing Americans (Library of Congress)
A great introduction to famous Americans, this website offers energetically written stories about Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, and Duke Ellington among others.
Black History and the Postal Service (National Postal Museum)
Learn all about the black experience through the lens of American postage stamps. Find out about the 1940 Booker T. Washington stamp, the Negro Baseball League stamps, letter writing during the Great Migration, the history of African American postal workers, and more.
African American World (PBS)
Your guide to African American history and culture. From Sojourner Truth to Jacob Lawrence, discover the courage and talent that shaped the African American experience.
Online guides to African American history
African American History Resources (Library of Congress)
Celebrate the contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history. Learn about Harriet Tubman, John Hope Franklin, the Tuskegee Airmen, African Americans in the military, African American band music and recordings, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Find a number of primary documents and resources for teachers.
Guide to Black History (Encyclopedia Brittanica)
This site includes an extensive timeline, audio and video clips, and biographies.
African American Odyssey (Library of Congress)
This site showcases the African American collections of the Library of Congress. Displaying more than 240 items, including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings, this is the largest black history exhibit ever held at the Library of Congress.