Black History e-Resources

This page contains links to several great online resources to guide your research about topics related to Black History.

General History

Black History Month teacher resources for grades 6-8, compiled by the National Education Association, including lesson plans, classroom activities, background info, quizzes, printables, and audio& video files.

The Library of Congress’ online exhibition of African American Odyssey, which documents and describes African American history from slavery through the Civil Rights movement, using many primary source documents and artifacts from within their collection

A collection of information from throughout FactMonster related to Black History Month, including history, timeline, facts & quizzes. The link labeled “Biographies and Special Features” contains 500 African American biographies as well as features on particular people, events, and aspects of African American history.

Time for Kids minisite for Black History Month with relevant sections like Inspiring African Americans, Sitting Down to Take a Stand, One Dream, etc., as well as printables. The site is updated annually, and will likely have new material posted before February.

Go Social Studies Go is an open-source information site created by teachers. The U.S. History section has articles on many topics related to African American history, including Slavery, the Underground Railroad, the Jim Crow Era, and Civil Rights events and people.

A collection of resources from the History Channel on topics related to Black History Month. The resources are organized into Videos, Leaders & Events, and Stories, but each link leads to a mini-site with an informational articles, videos and related links


An online collection of articles, images & videos from the PBS program “Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided.” While the program covers multiple topics, many of the resources involve slavery during the time of Lincoln’s presidency. The left menu bar lists all resources, including virtual tours, primary resources, and a teacher’s guide. The program DVD (6 episodes, 1 hr each) is available from the Toledo Library - 6 copies.

Jim Crow Laws & Segregation

An online collection of information from the PBS program titled, “The Rise & Fall of Jim Crow,” a 4-part series that chronicles segregation from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. The site includes informational articles, biographies, primary sources including personal narratives, an interactive timeline & maps, activities, and teacher resources The program DVD (1 disc, 4 episodes, 224 min. total) is available from the Toledo Library - 1 copy.

From the National Park Service’s website for the MLK Historical Site in Georgia, this page contains a listing of Jim Crow Laws from various states.

From the University of South Carolina’s library website, an Interactive map & digital copy of the 1956 Negro Traveler’s Green Book, which listed hotels, restaurants, and other establishments that would service African American travelers during the Jim Crow Era. The interactive map contains approximately 1500 listings from the Green Book, which was published annually from the 1930’s until the Civil Right Movement in the 1960’s.

An excerpt from the book “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” by Raymond Arsenault. The book details the rise of the Freedom Rides, the work of volunteers--both black and white--who went to the South to challenge Jim Crow laws, their treatment by locals and law enforcement, and their impact on the Civil Rights Movement. At the top of the page is an audio file of an interview with the author on National Public Radio (approx 30 min.).

This website, created by the Greensboro News & Record, tells the story of the 1960 Greensboro Sit-Ins and provides information on the people involved as well as many newspaper articles about the Sit-Ins (many of which have links to view a PDF of the original article). The site has a photo gallery and many primary source audio clips accessible from the Multimedia tab, as well as an African American history timeline. The PDF of the Greensboro Record’s article is available at

A project created by the College of William & Mary for educators and students, this Historical Scene Investigation is a webquest that provides informational text and audio clips of oral histories along with discussion questions to guide students through an investigation of the first days of school desegregation. The investigation also includes a “case file” document for note-taking, and essay assignment, and extension activities.

This History Channel webpage provides an informational article and brief video clip (2:28 min) about the Little Rock Nine and school desegregation. Menu tabs along the top of the page link to other videos and speeches, and the menu bar on the right link to many other pages of related content.

Library of Congress article titled, “Baseball, the Color Line, and Jackie Robinson,” which uses primary source materials from their collection to chronicle Robinson’s career and impact on baseball. Clicking on the heading for each entry opens a brief article with several other primary source materials.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s online collection, specifically designed for educators, the site provide a timeline, team and player profiles, first-hand narratives, video and photo resources, as well as a teacher’s guide with lesson plans (geared toward high school, but can be adapted).

Civil Rights Movement

The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, a monument of the National Park Service, is located in Atlanta, GA. The website lists biographies of the inductees, many of whom were involved in the US Civil Rights Movement.

A simple, easily navigated site that takes the reader through Rosa Parks’s experience with the Montgomery Bus Boycott, including an interview with her.

An online collection of information from the PBS program “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985.” The link goes to the index for the online “story,” which highlights 26 events. The left menu bar includes the series’ supplemental materials including images, videos, primary sources, biographies, and teacher resources. The program DVD (7 episodes, 1 hr each) is available from the Toledo Library - episodes loaned individually.

World Book Online timeline of the Civil Rights Movement w/ brief description of individual events. **Students can also create their own Timelines for any topic, including an individual or period in history.

A collection of World Book Online articles and images on people and events related to the Civil Rights Movement. Use the pull-down menu in the top right corner to access resources in other formats such as websites, magazine and historical news articles, and special reports.

From PBS News Hour, student reporters interview peers for their opinion on whether or not Martin Luther King’s dream that people “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” has been achieved in our country today. Each of the 12 video clips is brief (< 1 min.) and represent students from across the nation and of various ethnicities and backgrounds. The interviews were conducted in 2013, to mark the 50th anniversary of King’s March on Washington.