Black history and culture is such a part of the American fabric — and the school curriculum — that it’s difficult to imagine a time when that wasn’t so. Established as Negro History Week in the 1920s by Carter G. Woodson, February was chosen for the celebration because Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln were born in this month. Extended to a month-long celebration in 1976, Black History Month is an opportunity to emphasize the history and achievements of African Americans.

CTN services can help teachers integrate Black History Month into your classroom, both Learn360 and EducationCity offer a selection of resources and lesson activities that cover a variety subjects and that can be adapted to fit grades K-8.

Learn360’s calendar offers a list of over 230 multimedia resources, including photos of famous Black Americans, encyclopedia articles for DBQ’s, and over 200 videos to view in class or to share via your Google Classroom page.

Get started by using this link: African American History

Some of the highlighted videos include –

Birth of the Civil Rights Movement

Stories of Black Patriots in the Civil War

Ellington was Not a Street (Harlem Renaissance)

Harriet Tubman

Jesse Owens

A Raisin in the Sun: Character Conversations

Brown vs. the Board of Education

EducationCity has the great Topical Resources I am always bragging about; these FREE downloadable classroom resources released each month allow you to explore historical dates, events, and holidays with your students!

You will discover Fact Sheets that offer information about significant people and events in African American history, ThinkIts and Activity Sheets that will encourage students to think more deeply about the important contributions of black Americans, and a Lesson Plan that features informational texts about George Washington Carver and Rosa Parks.

Black History Month Toolkit

If you need any additional help with finding resources please reach out to us. We would also like to hear about the lessons and activities you do in your class to celebrate the achievements of African Americans – please share to

Submitted by Angela Russell, Instructional Media Specialist

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