Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.


We know that black history IS American history - our attention and work with students is not limited only to February - but the month is a special time to celebrate with our students and community. See below for a collection of resources you can use in your classroom as you celebrate this month, and as you plan activities inclusive of all throughout the school year.

General Resources for Black History Month:


"History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day."

~ John Henrik Clarke

Elementary-Level Resources:

Secondary-Level Resources:

Make History by Celebrating History

The following materials were created by Verizon Wireless to celebrate Black History Month several years ago. Each file has a theme and contains short biographies of five notable African Americans for students to learn about. You can use these documents to highlight one person for every day in the month.

Verizon - Black History Facts.pdf
Verizon - Week 1 Education.pdf
Verizon - Week 2 Empowerment.pdf
Verizon - Week 3 Inovation.pdf
Verizon - Week 4 Leadership.pdf
Verizon - Week 5 Inspiratioon.pdf