Resources for Teaching Black History Month and Black History Year Round!

February is Black History Month, which allows educators to take a step back and 
Image Source: By David from Washington, DC (Carter G. Woodson  Uploaded by AlbertHerring) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
reflect on whether their curriculum and instruction includes enough diverse voices and perspectives for students to learn about black people who have shaped our nation and world. As Carter Woodson, the "Father of Black History" once stated, 

"We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice." (

Here are some resources we recommend for use this month-- and beyond-  to do more to celebrate the heritage and achievements of black Americans and world citizens, encouraging us to learn more about and reflect upon the challenging topics of slavery and its legacy, and discrimination both in a historic context and in our communities today. 


Origins of Black History Month

A history of Black History Month- including a 2 minute video about the month and its origins with black historian Carter G. Woodson.


Blog Post: Mining the Jewel of Black History Month by Emily Chiarello

        A thoughtful post from a white teacher who changed her approach to teaching Black History Month and used it as a chance for investigation and celebration with her students.


African American History Month
(Library of Congress, National Archives, NEH, NPS, Smithsonian, USHMM)

"The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. This site provides access to teacher materials, video, images and primary sources."

Patriots of Color: A Peculiar Beauty and Merit

"Between 20 and 40 colonists of the approximately 4,000 who fought on the Battle Road on April 19, 1775, were African or Native American. By the end of the war, an estimated 5,500 African and Native American men had served on the colonial side.  Groundbreaking research by George Quintal, Jr. in his 2002 Patriots of Color report about African and Native Americans at Battle Road and Bunker Hill¹ provides the significant historical detail upon which the National Park Service can begin to bring this story to light."

       Teaching Day by Day: Black History Month

                28 days of ideas for learning about Black History Month with your class from the good people at Highlights Magazine (and given February vacation and weekends-- just pick your favorite 16 and use them on the actual school days that we have in February)

Black History Month Lessons & Resources K-5 

A treasure trove of lessons and resources for teaching black history through the arts, reading, social studies, science in K-5 classrooms compiled by NEA teachers.

Black History Month Resource Collection

Collection of multimedia resources and texts organized into topics representing African American icons, slavery, civil rights, school integration, music and cultural influences.

Celebrate Black History Month 

K-12 Collection of passages paired with videos and documents generously provided by The Gilder Lerman Institute of American History and HISTORY® 


Black History Month Resources
        20 excellent lesson plans, most with engaging video embedded, on topics ranging from the March on Washington to the leadership of Nelson Mandela to the misuse of 
“Stop and Frisk” policies today. 

Underground Railroad: The Journey to Freedom!/timeline

Interactive timeline incorporating maps showing the migration of blacks out of the American South while featuring individuals who risked everything to escape from slavery and the people along the route who assisted them. Contains great reading resources about 

the Underground Railroad, slave narratives, and the lives of free blacks in the North.

PewResearchCenter5.png Afro-Latino a Deep-Rooted Identity Among US Hispanics

A Pew Research Center survey of Latino adults shows that one-quarter of all U.S. Latinos self-identify as Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean or of African descent with roots in Latin America. This article is a good discussion point for recognizing and defining the Afro-Latino identity.

Unpublished Black History

Revealing moments in black history, with unpublished photos from The New York Times’s archives. New photos will be added daily!”