African American History


African-American history is the portion of American history that specifically discusses the African-American or Black American ethnic groups in the United States. African-American history is celebrated and highlighted annually in the United States during February, designated as Black History Month. (Wikipedia, 2014)


Below are resources to help you plan for instruction in your classroom.

Black History Teaching Resources

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) provides a calendar of activities, lessons and resources.


Civil Rights and Race in American
A database of websites pertaining to African American history, culture and research organized by the MCPS Teaching American History grant and Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.


Black History Month links

This website, created by the State Department's International Information Programs, pulls together links to bibliographies, archival and research sites, presidential speeches and full-text versions of government reports, and articles on various topics, including: the Amistad revolt, the civil rights movement and President Clinton's "National Conversation on Race."


Baseball and Jackie Robinson

From the Library of Congress American Memory Collection, this online exhibit marks the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's rookie season for the Brooklyn Dodgers.


Teaching with documents: Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. 

From the National Archives' section for educators and students, a lesson plan for teaching about Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Memphis Sanitation Worker.