Global Resources for Schools: African American History

abstract art Sharing the Dream recognizes and celebrates the history and contributions of African Americans–during African American History Month and all year long.

Here, we’ve gathered together a list of websites showcasing African American culture and history, featuring articles, videos and photographs; lesson plans; books for every age, and links to even more resources for the classroom.

Read about how 5th graders at Stetser Elementary in Chester, PA, are examining the quest for freedom in America and South Africa as part of their Sharing the Dream project.

Links to get started:

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Includes lesson plans, classroom materials and professional development programs for educators.

African American History Month A joint program of the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art and other agencies, this site offers audio/video presentations, artworks and resources for teachers.

Time for Kids Features articles, videos and stories geared to children exploring  African American history.

Reading Rockets: African American History Books recommendations, interviews with African American authors, and activities for the classroom, home and community.

History: Black History Month Includes videos and articles on the Civil Rights Movement, African American leaders and more.

How does your school honor and learn about African American history? Do you have websites, lesson ideas, projects or resources to share?


Global Resources for Schools is our twice-monthly feature highlighting international focused organizations, educational websites and resources to support educators in their efforts to create globally oriented schools.

Do you have a website, organization, resource or idea to share? Tell us about it in a comment.


1 Response to “Global Resources for Schools: African American History”

  1. 1 jbaldwin897 February 15, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Some additional activities we are doing for Black History month include Black History Month research. Each grade level is given questions or mystery biographies to research around a topic such as the Emancipation Proclamation, Slavery, and the Civil War for our older students, the Underground Railroad for our 2nd and 3rd grade students, and Musicians and Leaders for our youngest students. Questions and responses are read over our announcements and classes are recognized for participating. If a class submits all of their research questions, the “Prize Patrol” visits their classroom allowing them to select a new book related to African American History or Literature. At the end of the month, we hold a Freedom Celebration inviting African American community members to share stories from their childhood, experiences with segregation, and any memories they have of the Civil Rights Movement. We set up conversation groups of 6-8 children allowing our students to ask questions. We have been fortunate to have guests who lived in Chester (PA) when Martin Luther King went to Crozer Seminary, a son of a former Tuskeegee airman, and a former leader from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Their stories have always made a lasting impression on our children.

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