AFRICAN-AMERICAN/BLACK HISTORY

AND CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WEBSITES

Access these sites through your computer’s Internet connection. Open the underlined address. Information can be printed or downloaded to your computer. Be sure to follow links to other sites and find your way back with the "back" button.

The terms "African-American History" "Black History" "afro centric" "African" "African American" "Afro American" "Negro" and "Black" are shown as they appear in the web site. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement are inextricably linked. See the Martin Luther King, Jr. website list for more links. Some links will appear on both lists.

NOTE: We have added a large number of sites on the Civil Rights Movement.

All of the sites listed were active as of February 22, 2008. The evaluation is by the AVA Center staff according to the amount of information given and its potential use in the classroom.

                        WEBSITES        LESSON PLANS & CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES        WEBQUESTS

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN OHIO
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/ohshtml/aaeohome.html
"This selection of manuscript and printed text and images drawn from the collections of the Ohio Historical Society illuminates the history of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920, a story of slavery and freedom, segregation and integration, religion and politics, migrations and restrictions, harmony and discord, and struggles and successes."
An American Memory collection from the Library of Congress. Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
www.nyise.org/blackhistory/index.html
Huge site of links. Includes Civil Rights & Politics, Society & Culture, Kwanzaa books, Creative Arts and more. Good for students. Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY – DIGITAL LIBRARY
http://www.academicinfo.net/africanamlibrary.html
A large number of links to African American history sites. Excellent

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MOSAIC – A LIBRARY OF CONGRESS EXHIBIT
http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html
Permanent and rotating online exhibits from the Library of Congress on African American history and culture. Divided into four sections: Colonization, Abolition, Migration and WPA. For grade 7 and up.  Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN ODYSSEY
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/aohome.html
Outstanding online exhibit of the African American collection at the Library of Congress. A selection from the Loch’s collection featuring text, photos, documents and much more. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN VOICES – DIGITAL HISTORY
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/black_voices/black_voices.cfm
An extensive online history of African Americans in the United States. Sections: Introduction, Enslavement, The Middle Passage, Arrival in the New World, Conditions of Life, Childhood, Family, Religion, Punishment, Resistance, Flight, and Emancipation. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN WEB CONNECTION
http://www.aawc.com/aawc.html
A gateway site for the whole family with an African American point of view. Includes Art & Poetry, Authors, Business, Churches, Prominent People, Entertainment, Resources, History, more much more. Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS OF THE 19TH CENTURY
http://digital.nypl.org/schomburg/writers_aa19/
An online collection of works by African American women writers of the 19th century, both poetry and prose. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN WORLD
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/aaworld/
PBS’s site for African Americans and those interested in the culture and history. Sections: Timeline, Reference Room, Kids, Classroom, Community, and Resources. And there are four "Channels" or themes: History, Arts & Culture, Race & Society and Profiles. The Classroom section contains Lesson Plans. The Kids section has a game, email, and Kids Talk. Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITERS – E-TEXTS ONLINE
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/afroonline.htm
Links to online texts of a very large number of African American writers including: Maya Angelou, Arna Bontemps, Gwendolyn Brooks, William Wells Brown, Robert Hayden, William Pickens, Margaret Walker and many more. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

AFRICAN HERITAGE ARCHITECTURE
http://africanarchitecture.com/index.shtml
Information on West African architecture. Contains excellent photos of traditional buildings in Senegal, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. (Note: Each thumbnail photo leads to several other photos). Discusses how this architecture can influence architecture in the U.S. Excellent

AFRICANS IN AMERICA                         

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/home.html

A companion site to the PBS series.  Sections: The Terrible Transformation 1450-1750, Revolution 1750-1805, Brotherly Love 1791-1831 and Judgment Day 1831-1865.  Includes: Introduction, Resource Bank Index, Teacher’s Guide Contents and Youth Activity Guide.  THESE VIDEOS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE AVA CENTER.   Excellent

AMISTAD TRIALS (FAMOUS AMERICAN TRIALS)
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/amistad/AMISTD.HTM
Very thorough examination of the Amistad trials with Maps of the Voyages, Newspaper Accounts, Chronology, Biographical Sketches of Trial Participants, Sketches of the Amistad, the Trial Record, Supreme Court Records and Decisions, Letters and Diary Entries, Images, links and more. An outstanding site. Excellent

ARTNOIR SHOWCASE
http://www.artnoir.com/
Explores the art of African America, Caribbean America, Afro-Native America and includes Brazil and Polynesia. Includes profiles of artists and displays some of their works. Excellent

"BEEN HERE SO LONG" – SELECTIONS FROM THE WPA SLAVE NARRATIVES
http://newdeal.feri.org/asn/asn00.htm
In the 1930s, the WPA collected the narratives of 2,300 former slaves, some through interviews, and some through their own writings. There are 17 here along with lesson plans that examine the narratives. Includes links to other online sources of slave narratives. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

BIG DADDY’S LI’L SHELF OF BLACK MEN IN LITERATURE
http://www.math.buffalo.edu/~sww/big-daddys-books.html
Links to web pages featuring African American male writers. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

BLACK HISTORY – EXPLORING AFRICAN AMERICAN ISSUES ON THE WEB
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/BHM/AfroAm.html
Black History Hotlist, Interactive Treasure Hunt, Subject Sampler, two Webquests – Tuskegee Tragedy and Little Rock 9, Integration 0? Also includes links. Excellent

BLACK HISTORY HOTLIST
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/BHM/bh_hotlist.html
A list of links to resources. Sections: Black History Month, Slavery & History, Leaders, News, Poetry, Changes, and General Resources. Excellent

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
http://www.galegroup.com/free_resources/bhm/index.htm
Free resources for teaching about Black History Month. Sections: Biographies, Quiz, Featured Titles (Note: These are books to order – not free), Activities (by grade level – print out activity sheets), Literature and a Timeline. Excellent

BORN IN SLAVERY: SLAVE NARRATIVES FROM THE FEDERAL WRITERS’ PROJECT 1936-1938        
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/snhome.html
"Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves."
Search by Keyword, Narrator, or Volume. Search the photographs by Subject. Browse all by State.   Excellent

BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION – DIGITAL ARCHIVE                      

http://www.lib.umich.edu/exhibits/brownarchive/

An online exhibit on the Brown vs. Board of Education case.  “This archive contains documents and images which chronicle events surrounding this historically significant case up to the present.The archive is divided into four main areas of interest: Supreme Court cases; busing and school integration efforts in northern urban areas; school integration in the Ann Arbor Public School District; and recent resegregation trends in American schools.”  Excellent 

CIVIL RIGHTS- 42EXPLORE            
http://www.42explore2.com/civilrights.htm
Basic information for students on civil rights with links, activities and webquests. Excellent

CIVIL RIGHTS TIMELINE: ORDINARY PEOPLE LIVING EXTRAORDINARY LIVES: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN MISSISSIPPI
http://www.usm.edu/crdp/html/cd/intro.htm
"The U.S. Civil Rights Movement ranks as one of the most profound watershed events in world history. While there is much in the areas of race relations and social reform to be accomplished, no informed observer can deny the momentous changes brought about by what most people consider ordinary people. The aim of this project is to shine the spotlight on some of those individuals who courageously gave their lives to the causes of freedom, justice, and equality in what had been touted as being the finest country on earth. Nowhere can these sacrifices be seen more clearly than in the lives of those activists who sought to topple racial, economic, and political inequality in the deep southern state of Mississippi."
Contains several audio files. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

CLASSIC AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/sites/aframdocs.html
A long list of classic African American literature. Includes the title and author and a link to the full text of the book. Approx. 50 books. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

COLORED REFLECTIONS
http://www.coloredreflections.com/
"Colored Reflections is a "collective history" site covering the quest for civil rights and equality over the last fifty years." Sections: Decades: 40’s, 50’s 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s. Each gives an overview and reflections of the people who lived through them, biographies and events. For upper elementary and up. Excellent

CULTURE AND CHANGE - BLACK HISTORY IN AMERICA
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/
Time magazine’s kids site on Black History. Sections: Black History Then to Now (timeline), History Challenge (quiz), Oh, Grow Up! (Guess future leaders from their childhood pictures, Now Hear This! (audio files of speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Includes lesson ideas for teachers. For elementary and up. Excellent

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA GUIDE TO BLACK HISTORY
http://search.eb.com/blackhistory/
A huge site from Encyclopedia Britannica. Sections: Timeline, Articles A-Z, Eras in Black History, Audio-Video, Bibliography, Britannica Online (subscription only), Internet Links, and a Study Guide with six student activities. Outstanding. Excellent

THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PAPERS                    
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/doughtml/
"
The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher. The release of the Douglass Papers, from the Library of Congress's Manuscript Division, contains approximately 7,400 items (38,000 images) relating to Douglass' life as an escaped slave, abolitionist, editor, orator, and public servant. The papers span the years 1841 to 1964, with the bulk of the material from 1862 to 1895. The collection consists of correspondence, speeches and articles by Douglass and his contemporaries, a draft of his autobiography, financial and legal papers, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous items. These papers reveal Douglass' interest in diverse subjects such as politics, emancipation, racial prejudice, women's suffrage, and prison reform. Included is correspondence with many prominent civil rights reformers of his day, including Susan B. Anthony, William Lloyd Garrison, Gerrit Smith, Horace Greeley, and Russell Lant, and political leaders such as Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison. Scrapbooks document Douglass' role as minister to Haiti and the controversy surrounding his interracial second marriage."
Excellent

FREDERICK DOUGLASS TEACHER RESOURCE FILE **
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/douglass.htm
An extensive collection of resources on Frederick Douglass. Sections: Biography, Bibliography, E-Texts, Lesson Plans, Other Resources, Essays & Criticism. Excellent

FREE AT LAST – THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES – A THINKQUEST SITE
http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112391/?tqskip1=1
A student-created site with extensive information on the Civil Rights Movement from the 1850s to the 1950s. Navigate through the site via three routes: Timeline Route, Leaders Route, Issues Route. Also includes a Civil Rights Dictionary, Games and a Bibliography. Excellent

GREENSBORO SIT-INS – LAUNCH OF A CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
http://www.sitins.com/index.shtml
Documents the sit-ins at Whites Only lunch counters by four black men in 1960 that launched the Civil Rights Movement. Includes profiles of all involved, photos, audio clips, video clips and more. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

HARLEM RENAISSANCE – 42EXPLORE            
http://www.42explore2.com/harlem.htm
Basic information for students on the Harlem Renaissance with links, activities and webquests. Excellent

HARLEM RENAISSANCE – MULTIMEDIA RESOURCE                  

http://www.jcu.edu/harlem/index.htm

An event is something that is heard about on the streets and read about in the papers for a week or two. However, if a series of related events should be strung together, one can be left with something monumental. What we bring to you is not a mere event that happened in Harlem in the 1920’s and 30’s, but a renaissance...”  Sections: Education, Performers, French Connection, Literature, Political Issues, Religion and Philosophy.  Hear the music, listen to the poetry.  Outstanding.  Excellent

 

HARRIET TUBMAN AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD        

http://www.pocanticohills.org/tubman/tubman.html

This site developed by a 2nd grade class has good information and activities for primary/intermediate students including puzzles, timelines and more.  Excellent

HEADBONE DERBY: ESCAPE TO FREEDOM – AN INTERNET ADVENTURE
http://www.headbone.com/derby/
Click on Escape to Freedom. An online adventure for students grades 4-8 (broken up by level) which takes students back to the mid-19th century and follows the Underground Railroad as slaves escape to freedom. Includes a Teacher’s Guide with age-appropriate extensions and activities. Excellent

HISTORY CHANNEL SPEECH ARCHIVES
http://www.historychannel.com/speeches/
Audio files of famous quotes and speeches. Speakers include: Fannie Lou Hamer, Lorraine Hansberry, Anita Hill, Harold Ickes, Marian Anderson, Barbara Jordan, Hank Aaron, Julian Bond, H. Rap Brown, Ralph Bunche, William A. Campbell, Shirley Chisholm, Barney Clark, Helen Gahagan Douglas, Ralph Ellison, Adam Clayton Powell, Jack Robinson, Carl Stokes, Malcolm X, Clarence Thomas and Andrew Young. Note: Click on Speech Archive for a list of the speeches. Excellent

HISTORY MATTERS – PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS                
http://www.historymatters.gmu.edu/
Hear the personal stories through both audio files and transcripts. Short pieces but well worth it. Some contain audio files. Excellent

●Address of the Colored State Convention to the People of the State of South Carolina        
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6514

●"Aint I A Woman": Reminiscences of Sojourner Truth Speaking        
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5740

●"As much land as they can handle": Johann Bolzius Writes to Germany About Slave Labor in Carolina and Georgia, 1750                
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6591

●Burned into Memory: An African American Recalls Mob Violence in Early 20th century Florida         
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/67/

●"Carried Thence for Trafficke of the West Indies Five Hundred Negroes": Job Hortop and the British Enter the Slave Trade, 1567                                        
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6625

●"Cast Down Your Bucket Where You Are": Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Compromise Speech        
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/88/

●Digging for Answers: A Black Miner Ponders Racism        
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5311

●Dressmaker and Former Slave Elizabeth Keckley (ca.1818–1907), Tells How She Gained Her Freedom, 1868                                                                                                               
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6223

●"Drug Him Through the Street": Hughsey Childes Describes Turn-of-the-Century Sharecropping    
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/81/

●"The Evil Shadow of Slavery No Longer Hangs Over Them": Charlotte Forten Describes Her Experiences Teaching on the South Carolina Sea Islands, 1862                    
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6517

●"Fire, Fire, Scorch, Scorch!": Testimony from the Negro Plot Trials in New York, 1741        
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6528

●A Georgia Sharecropper’s Story of Forced Labor ca. 1900            
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/28

●"The Happiest Laboring Class in the World": Two Virginia Slaveholders Debate Methods of Slave Management, 1837                            
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5801

●"Having Tasted the Sweets of Freedom": Cato Petitions the Pennsylvania Legislature to Remain Free     http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5716

●"I Began to Feel the Happiness, Liberty, of which I Knew Nothing Before": Boston King Chooses Freedom and the Loyalists during the War for Independence            
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6615

●"I Hope to Fall With My Face to the Foe": Lewis Douglass Describes the Battle of Fort Wagner, 1863         http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6215

●"I Subscribe Myself a Friend to the Oppressed": Henry Bibb Writes to his Former Master, 1844    
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6222

●In Search of Eden: Black Utopias in the West        
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5029

●In the Richmond Slave Market            
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6762

●"Is It Not Enough that We Are Torn From Our Country and Friends?": Olaudah Equiano Describes the Horrors of the Middle Passage, 1780            
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6372

●"It Was a Mournful Scene Indeed": Solomon Northrup Remembers the New Orleans Slave Market    
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6230

●"It Was Considered Low Music": Pianist Eubie Blake on the Birth of Ragtime at the Turn of the Century   
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/95/

●John P. Parker, Conductor, on the Underground Railroad            
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6232

●Ku Klux Klan Violence in Georgia, 1871            
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6225

●Making the Atlanta Compromise: Booker T. Washington Is Invited to Speak        
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/86/

●"My Master Has Sold Albert to a Trader": Maria Perkins Writes to Her Husband, 1852        
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6380

●"Natural and Inalienable Right to Freedom": Slaves ’Petition for Freedom to the Massachusetts Legislature, 1777        
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6237

●One African-American Dreams About Rebuilding the South        
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5744

●"So Cheapened the White Man’s Labor": White Artisans Contest the Labor of Black Workers, 1838        
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6376

●"Speak, Garvey, Speak!"A Follower Recalls a Garvey Rally
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/29

●"Still Livin’ Under the Bonds of Slavery": Minnie Whitney Describes Sharecropping at the Turn-of-the-Century                                                                                                
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/82/

●"There Was Never Any Pay-day For the Negroes": Jourdon Anderson Demands Wage        
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6369

●"This Mysterious Road": Levi Coffin Describes his Work on the Underground Railroad in Newport, Indiana, 1820–1850                
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6595

●"Time Did Not Reconcile Me To My Chains": Charles Ball’s Journey to South Carolina, 1837    
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6580

●"To Redeem My Family": Venture Smith Frees Himself and his Family    
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6536

●Trials of the Trail: African-American Cowboy Will Crittendon                    
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/4934

●"T’was My Object to Carry Terror and Devastation Wherever We Went": Nat Turner "Confesses," Virginia, 1831                    
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6533

●A YEAR’S WAGES FOR THREE PEACHES: A Black Man Tells of Exploitation in the Late 19th century South 
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/63/

●"We Are Literally Slaves": An Early Twentieth-Century Black Nanny Sets the Record Straight   
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/80

●"We Feel as Though Our Country Spurned Us": Soldier James Henry Gooding Protests Unequal Pay for Black Soldiers, 1863                                            
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6519

●"We Was Jus’ Turned Out Like a Lot of Cattle": Fountain Hughes Recalls His Life in Slavery and Freedom, Baltimore, 1944                
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6520

●W.E.B. DuBois Critiques Booker T. Washington            
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/40

●White Slaveowners Fear that the Haitian Revolution Has Arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, 1797    
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6596

THE HISTORY OF JIM CROW
http://www.jimcrowhistory.org/home.htm
The complex history of Jim Crow laws. Click on Teacher Resources for a large number of Lesson Plans, Simulations, Narratives, Image Gallery, Encyclopedia, National Park Service Online Teaching Resources, and the National Archives. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

THE HISTORY MAKERS
http://thehistorymakers.com/
Stories of African American successes and achievements. Sections: Artmakers, Businessmakers, Civicmakers, Educationmakers, Entertainmentmakers, Lawmakers, Mediamakers, Medicalmakers, Militarymakers, Musicmakers, Politicalmakers, Religionmakers, Sciencemakers, Sportsmakers, and Stylemakers. Includes a Glossary, Timeline, Resources (links) and more. Outstanding. Excellent

IMAGES OF AFRICAN AMERICANS FROM THE 19TH CENTURY
http://digital.nypl.org/schomburg/images_aa19/
A large collection of images of African Americans. Sections: Civil War, Education, Family, Labor, Slavery, Portraits: Men, Portraits: Women, Portraits: Children, Portraits: Groups, Slavery, Politics, and much more. Each image is annotated as to caption and source. Excellent

IN MOTION: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MIGRATION EXPERIENCE        
http://www.inmotionaame.org/home.cfm

A huge multimedia site with Flash presentations, images, source materials and more. Sections: The Transatlantic Slave Trade, Runaway Journeys, The Domestic Slave Trade, Colonization and Emigration, Haitian Immigrants: 18th & 19th Centuries, The Western Migration, The Northern Migration, The Great Migration, The Second Great Migration, Caribbean Immigration, Return South Migration, Haitian Immigration: 20th Century, and African Immigration. View the Image Gallery, Read About, Browse Migration Resources, Mapping the Migration. Each section contains a lesson plan. Outstanding. Excellent

INTERNET AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY CHALLENGE
http://www.brightmoments.com/blackhistory/
Use the brief biographies of important African Americans in the 1800s to answer the questions in the Challenge. The Challenge has three levels. Excellent

JACOB LAWRENCE: EXPLORING STORIES              

http://www.whitney.org/jacoblawrence/index.html

An online exhibit from the Whitney Museum on artist Jacob Lawrence.  Includes information on his life and works, views of his works, and learning opportunities including webquests and lesson plans.  A huge site.  Outstanding.  Excellent

 

JAMES BALDWIN TEACHER RESOURCE FILE **
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/baldwin.htm
An extensive collection of resources on author James Baldwin. Sections: Biography, Bibliography, Criticism, Lesson Plans, E-Texts, ERIC Resources. Excellent

JOHN HENRIK CLARKE AFRICANA LIBRARY
http://www.library.cornell.edu/africana/
An online reference library based at Cornell University on the history and culture of people of African ancestry. Don’t miss the Selected Digital Historical Texts. Contains excellent links to a wide range of resources. Excellent

KENDALL WHALING MUSEUM – HEROES IN THE SHIPS – AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE WHALING INDUSTRY
http://www.whalingmuseum.org/exhibits/index_ex.html
Documents the little-known role of African Americans in the whaling industry in New England as sailors, blacksmiths, shipbuilders, officers & owners. Sections: Whaling Crews, Harpooning and Boatsteers, Processing the Whale, Master Mariners, Passing the Idle Hours, Journals & Pictures, Lewis Temple & Harpoons, Whaling Families, and Bequia and the Islands. Note: At the home page, click on Sitemap and scroll down to Heroes in the Ships. Excellent

THE KING CENTER – BELOVED COMMUNITY                 
http://www.thekingcenter.org/
"More than a 650,000 visitors from all over the world are drawn annually to the King Center to pay homage to Dr. King, view unique exhibits illustrating his life and teachings and visit the King Center’s Library, Archives, his final resting place, his birth home, gift shop and other facilities. Located in Atlanta’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, The King Center utilizes diverse communications media, including books, audio and video cassettes, film, television, CDs and web pages, to reach out far beyond its physical boundaries to educate people all over the world about Dr. King’s life, work and his philosophy and methods of nonviolent conflict-reconciliation and social change."
The web site includes biographical information, photos, audio clips, and classroom activities. Excellent

KULTURE ZONE
http://www.kulturezone.com
A family-friendly site for people of color. Includes articles, family activities and much more. Includes a Kulture Kidz section with activities. Excellent

LANGSTON HUGHES TEACHER RESOURCE FILE **
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/hughes.htm
An extensive collection of resources on author Langston Hughes. Sections: Biography, Bibliography, Criticism, Lesson Plans, E-Texts. Excellent

LEST WE FORGET – IMAGES 0F THE BLACK CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT BY ROBERT TEMPLETON
http://www.templeton-interactive.com/lest1a.htm
An online exhibit of the works of artist Robert Templeton with information and links about each subject, i.e. Frederick Douglass, Asa Randolph, Benjamin Mays, Roy Wilkins and many others. Excellent

LEST WE FORGET: THE TRIUMPH OVER SLAVERY                       

http://digital.nypl.org/lwf/english/site/flash.html

An online exhibit about the transatlantic slave trade.  Sections: A New People; Africa: The Long March; The Transatlantic Slave Trade; Slave Labor and Slave Systems;  The Struggle Against Slavery and Its Abolition; Family Life and Social Development; Religion; Language, Literacy and Education; and Expressive Culture.  Access each section by clicking on the image at the bottom.   Excellent

 

LIVING UNDER ENSLAVEMENT: AFRICAN AMERICANS ON HERMITAGE PLANTATION
http://www.hfmgv.org/education/smartfun/hermitage/open.html
Explores life for slaves at the Hermitage Plantation outside Savannah, Georgia. Includes photos and video clips. Also includes a large number of audio files explaining how they did things. Includes how they resisted. Excellent

MAMA’S BLACK BOOKCASE OF WOMEN IN LITERATURE
http://www.math.buffalo.edu/~sww/mamas-bookcase.html
Links to web pages featuring African American woman writers. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

MARCUS GARVEY: LOOK FOR ME IN THE WHIRLWIND                
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/garvey/
A companion site to the PBS video about famous African American orator and activist Marcus Garvey. Sections: The Film & More, Special Features, Timeline, Gallery, People & Events, and a Teacher’s Guide. Note: We have the video. Order VT506584 Excellent

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. PAPERS PROJECT
http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/
A collection of Dr. King’s Papers, Speeches, Sermons, Autobiography, Biography, Chronology, and Articles includes the full text of documents and audio clips. Excellent

MATHEMATICIANS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/index.html
Shows how mathematical thinking from non-European continents was ignored by most math historians. Presents information on countries in Africa with a long history of mathematics. Be sure to see the information on The Ancients in Africa. Also presents information on Black Mathematicians from all over. Excellent

MAYA ANGELOU: TEACHER RESOURCE FILE **
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/angelou.htm
An extensive collection of resources on our Poet Laureate Maya Angelou. Sections: Biography, Bibliography, E-Texts, Unit/Lesson Plans, and ERIC Resources. Excellent

MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT                
http://www.montgomeryboycott.com
The story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Includes several video clips. Sections: Voices of the Boycott; Rosa Parks, Her Life, Her Legacy; News Articles; Biographies; Historical News Fronts; and a Timeline. Outstanding. Excellent

MRS. LEBEAU’S BLACK HISTORY LINKS
http://www.suelebeau.com/blackhistory.htm
A full page of excellent links to Black History sites. For elementary/middle school students. Excellent

THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM
http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/
An online civil rights museum featuring a museum tour, calendar, maps, exhibits and more. Excellent

NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUE ONLINE
http://www.negroleaguebaseball.com
Official web site of Negro League Baseball, featuring the history of the league, the teams, the players, a chat forum, links and more. Excellent

NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUES – 42EXPLORE                
http://www.42explore2.com/blkleag.htm
Basic information for students on the Negro Baseball Leagues with links, activities and webquests. Excellent

OFFICIAL MALCOLM X WEB SITE
http://www.cmgww.com/historic/malcolm/index.htm
Malcolm X home page with biography, photos, bibliography, quotes and more. Excellent

PAINTED VOICES – PORTRAITS OF 20 CELEBRATED AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITERS
http://www.black-collegian.com/african/painted-voices/index.shtml
Artist Gilbert Fletcher discusses how he came to create portraits of 20 of the most celebrated African American writers in US history. Scroll down to links to all of the portraits with a short bio of each writer. Outstanding site. Excellent

PATCHWORK OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE                    
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/BHM/AfroAm.html
"The following six Web sites were created as models to suggest ways to integrate the World Wide Web and videoconferencing into classroom learning. African-American History was chosen as a topic because of its importance, popularity and the wealth of Internet resources available on the topic. What we hope to add to this richness are some specific strategies for integrating the Web into learning. So rather than merely send learners to a Web site, we've arranged separate formats designed to support different kinds of learning. Read the blurbs below or check out Working the Web for Education to help you decide which activities you might want to use."
Excellent

PENN CENTER: NATIVE ISLANDER GULLAH CELEBRATION
http://www.angelfire.com/sc/jhstevens/penncenter.html
St. Helena Island in South Carolina is one of the few sites in the US where the "Gullah culture" has been preserved. There are photos, details of Gullah culture, African culture and more. Excellent

POWERFUL DAYS IN BLACK AND WHITE
http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/features/moore/mooreIndex.shtml
Black and white photos of the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s. Each photo has the date taken, photographer and a brief caption. Excellent

PROUDLY WE SERVED – THE STORY OF THE USS MASON AND HER CREW
http://www.ussmason.org/
The story of the USS Mason, the only World War II warship with an all African American crew and the men who served on her. Includes quotes and stories from the men who served on her. Excellent

REAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HEROES
http://raahistory.com/
Focuses on leaders and positive role models who have made a difference. Sections: African American Medal of Honor Winners, African American Military Leaders, African American Astronauts, and Links. Excellent

REMEMBERING JIM CROW: A MULTIMEDIA SITE
http://www.americanradioworks.org/features/remembering/index.html
Text, photos and audio files on the Jim Crow era in the south. Sections: Bitter Times; Danger, Violence, Exploitation; Communities "Behind the Veil"; Keeping the Past; Resistance; and Whites Remember Jim Crow. Includes photos, text, interviews, slideshows, audio files and more. Excellent

THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW                        
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/
A companion site to a PBS program that stands on its own. Sections: A Century of Segregation, Jim Crow Stories, A National Struggle, Interactive Maps, Tools & Activities and For Teachers. Includes lesson plans. Excellent

SCOTTSBORO: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY                    
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/scottsboro/
A companion site to a PBS program that stands on its own. Sections: The Film & More (includes a transcript), Special Features, Timeline, Maps, People & Events, and Teacher’s Guide. Recommended for 10th grade and above. Excellent

SMALL TOWNS – BLACK LIVES: AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES IN SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY
http://www.blacktowns.org/
The online exhibit of photos and text from an exhibit at the Noyes Museum of Art documenting African American communities in southern New Jersey. Communities documented include Springtown (Cumberland county), Small Gloucester(Gloucester county), Chesilhurst (Camden)county, Port Republic and Morris Beach (Atlantic county), and Whitesboro (Cape May county). Excellent

STAMP ON BLACK HISTORY – A THINKQUEST SITE         NEW URL!
http://library.thinkquest.org/2667/Stamps.htm
A compilation of US postage stamps which feature African Americans, includes an outstanding tour, quiz, games and an alphabetical list of biographical sketches of all of those featured. Note: All Thinkquest sites are experiencing service interruptions but should be available in February. Excellent

UNCLE TOM’S CABIN AND AMERICAN CULTURE–A MULTIMEDIA ARCHIVE
http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/utc/
A thorough archive of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s controversial book "Uncle Tom’s Cabin". Includes primary documents, full text, illustrations, songs, 3-D objects, lesson plans, an interactive timeline, poems, stage productions and much more. Outstanding. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/railroad/index.html
Follow the difficult journey from slavery to possible freedom, encountering the dangers along the way. An interactive tour. Includes Classroom Activities. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD – 42EXPLORE            
http://www.42explore2.com/undergrd.htm
Basic information for students on the Underground Railroad with links, activities and webquests. Excellent

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD QUILT CODE               

http://educ.queensu.ca/%7Efmc/may2004/Underground.html

Ozella Williams is an African American woman who lives in South Carolina. She makes and sells quilts. She was told the story of the Underground Railroad Quilt Code by her mother and continues to tell the story to others.”  Includes patterns for making your own coded quilt. Excellent

 UNDERSTANDING SLAVERY                
http://school.discovery.com/schooladventures/slavery/
"Few human practices have provoked such deep and widespread outrage as the practice of one human being enslaving another. So why has slavery survived for thousands of years? How did it become so important to civilization? Explore the ways that slavery has been woven into the fabric of societies in America and around the world."
Sections: A World of Slavery, A Slave on Three Continents, Witness a Slave Auction, Guest Expert, Teacher Tips and Resources. Excellent

VOICES FROM THE GAPS – WOMEN WRITERS OF COLOR
http://voices.cla.umn.edu/
"An instructional Web site focusing on the lives and works of North American women writers of color."
Designed as a classroom component in literature classes on the works and lives of women writers of color. Contributors are encouraged to choose writers from the list provided and contribute a page on that author. Author pages include excerpts, biographical information and more. For grade 7 and up. Excellent

VOICES OF CIVIL RIGHTS: ORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY STORIES
http://www.voicesofcivilrights.org/index.html
"AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), and the Library of Congress have teamed up to collect and preserve personal accounts of America's struggle to fulfill the promise of equality for all. We invite you to explore this site, which serves as both a living memorial to those who were a part of the civil rights experience and a tribute to the quest for equality that continues today. Begin by learning about the power of a story."
Sections: The Voices, Unfinished Business, Timeline, Civil Rights at 50, New Voices and Music Video. Excellent

"WITH AN EVEN HAND": BROWN VS. BOARD AT FIFTY        
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/brown/
An online exhibit accompanying the physical exhibit from the Library of Congress on the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. the Board of Education court case and its aftermath. ""With an Even Hand" is divided into three sections. The exhibition examines precedent-setting court cases that laid the ground work for the Brown v. Board decision, explores the Supreme Court argument and the public's response to it, and closes with an overview of this profound decision's aftermath. The exhibition features more than one hundred items from the Library's extensive holdings on this subject, including books, documents, photographs, personal papers, manuscripts, maps, music, films, political cartoons, and prints. A film compilation captures the historic events and highlights media coverage of the struggle for desegregation." Includes photos, links with definitions and more. See the Exhibition Checklist for an extensive list of links to primary documents. Excellent

WRITING BLACK: AFRICAN AMERICAN AUTHORS AND THEIR WORKS
http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/as/Literature/amlit-black.html
A list of African American authors and their works online.  Excellent

ZORA NEALE HURSTON TEACHER RESOURCE FILE **
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/hurston.htm
An extensive collection of resources on author Zora Neale Hurston. Sections: Biography, Bibliography, E-Texts, Lesson Plans, Criticism, and ERIC Resources. Excellent

ABOARD A SLAVE SHIP, 1829
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/slaveship.htm
Although the United States had banned the importation of slaves, the trade continued. The author was aboard one of the ships patrolling the seas off the coast of Africa, boarding suspected slave ships and confiscating the ships when slaves were found. The site includes his firsthand account of the wretched conditions. Very Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND HERITAGE SITE
http://www.creativefolk.com/blackhistory/blackhistory.html
Extensive links to resources for African American history and heritage. Very Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY/BLACK HISTORY MONTH
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/aframer/
Information for primary students on African American history. Includes classroom activities. Very Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY LINKS
http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/History/tm/black.html
A page of links on African American history. Very Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH THE ARTS
http://cghs.dade.k12.fl.us/african-american/index.htm
Sections: Traditional African Art, Africans in European Art, Pre-Civil War Art, Images Since Reconstruction, and 20th Century Art. Each section focuses on types of art or artists. Very Good

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS                 

http://www.afro.com/

Reprints articles of African American interest from newspapers in the Washinton, DC and Maryland region.  The History section has several excellent online exhibits. Very Good

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN PHOTOS
http://www.npac.syr.edu/projects/ltb/AA_photos_index.html
Several hundred images of African Americans in the Syracuse, New York area from the 1880’s to today. Organized by decades and then subjects such as Business, Snapshots, Sports, and Families. etc. Very Good

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN REGISTRY                
http://www.aaregistry.com/
"The Registry's categories link is examples of Black America that make up our character, intelligence, culture and timeline.   The African American Registry® has twelve categories, each has its own color (Activist is light Blue Politics/Law is Gray, etc).  The categories show the wide range of American lifestyles through the Black experience."
Categories include: Education, Activist, Music, Episodes, Literature, Abolitionist, Religion and more. For upper elementary and up. Very Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN SHEET MUSIC FROM BROWN UNIVERSITY
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/rpbhtml/aasmhome.html
"This collection consists of 1,305 pieces of African-American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920. The collection includes many songs from the heyday of antebellum black face minstrelsy in the 1850s and from the abolitionist movement of the same period. Numerous titles are associated with the novel and the play Uncle Tom's Cabin. Civil War period music includes songs about African-American soldiers and the plight of the newly emancipated slave. Post-Civil War music reflects the problems of Reconstruction and the beginnings of urbanization and the northern migration of African Americans.
"
You can search by keyword, title, or subject. The music gives an insight into African American culture. Very Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN WARRIORS
http://www.aawar.net/default.htm
Profiles of African Americans in the military: the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen, up to the present. Articles, photos, links. Very Good

AFRICAN AMERICANS – HISTORICAL ALMANACK
http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/Almanack/life/Af_Amer/aalife.cfm
Discusses the life of African Americans in colonial times in the Williamsburg area. Includes proclamations (including early emancipation proclamations), advertisements, diaries, biographies and more. Very Good

AFRIGENEAS
http://www.afrigeneas.com/
Genealogical research and resources on African Ancestored Genealogy. Includes how to search, where to search, tips for beginners, surnames, extensive links and more. Very Good

AFRO-AMERICAN HISTORY: THE RECORD OF A RACE OF INDOMITABLE PEOPLE SURVIVING THE DIASPORA
http://www.aawc.com/Zaah.html
Links to websites dealing with African American history (most are listed elsewhere on this list). Very Good

ALL ABOUT SLAVERY
http://www.suelebeau.com/slavery.htm
A page of links about slavery and the Underground Railroad. For elementary/middle school students.Very Good

AMERICAN SLAVE NARRATIVES – AN ONLINE ANTHOLOGY
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/wpa/wpahome.html
Additional narratives from the WPA collection of former slaves. Includes sound files. Includes links to sites featuring more information and narratives. For grade 7 and up. Very Good - Note: We have a video Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. VT506333 – also in DVD

ARTHUR’S SOUTH AFRICA CLIPART
http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/dante/944/sa.htm
Divided into four categories: Flags & Emblems, Traditional Homes of the Indigenous Peoples, The Indigenous Tribes, and People at Work and Play. Very Good

BLACK COLLEGIAN ONLINE – THE CAREER SITE FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR
http://www.black-collegian.com
Job bank, college information, Graduate/Professional School, Global Study, African American Issues, Xtra Curriculum, career planning, and job search. Very Good

BLACK FACTS ONLINE
http://www.blackfacts.com/
Searchable database by date or keyword. Note: Scroll down to find the Search function. Very Good

BLACK HEROES IN EVERY WAR
http://geocities.com/mclane65/black-heroes.html
African American Military History. Extensive links to information on African Americans in every war and conflict fought by the United States. Very Good

BLACK HISTORY AND CLASSICAL MUSIC: COMPOSERS OF AFRICAN DESCENT
http://chevalierdesaintgeorges.homestead.com/History.html
Information on composers of African descent from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Includes a Teacher’s section. Very Good

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CROSSWORD PUZZLE
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/xwords/19990201.html
A crossword puzzle from the New York Times about Black History Month. Very Good

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – INFOPLEASE                    
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bhm1.html
A long list of links to sites for Black History Month. Very Good

BLACK HISTORY MONTH LINKS
http://members.aol.com/MrDonnLessons/USHolidays.html#BLACK
Several links to information for Black History Month. Very Good

BLACK HISTORY LINKS                    
http://www.sabine.k12.la.us/zes/blackhistory/default.htm
A page of links for elementary students on Black History. Very Good

BLACK HISTORY PAGE
http://members.aol.com/klove01/blackhis.htm
A gateway site inspired by the Million Man March with information and photos of the March, excerpts of speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, a Black History quiz, and more. Now includes several biographical profiles. Very Good

BLACK HISTORY QUEST
http://blackquest.com/link.htm
A long list of links on African-American History, Culture and Black Studies Resources. Very Good

THE BLACK INVENTOR ONLINE MUSEUM            
http://www.blackinventor.com/
Browse for an inventor from the long drop-down list or choose from the Index. Gives a brief description of his/her inventions and includes photos where possible. Very Good

THE BLACK PRESS: SOLDIERS WITHOUT SWORDS                
http://www.pbs.org/blackpress/index.html
A companion site to the PBS program. Includes a Transcript, Newspapers, Biographies, Timeline, Modern Journalists, Interactive Activities, Education (study guide), and Resources and Links. Very Good

BLOODY SUNDAY REMEMBERED                  
http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0214523/
“"Bloody Sunday Remembered" is a web site that tells the story about an amazing eight year old little girl from Selma, Alabama named Sheyann Webb. Her story happened almost forty years ago. She is known as the Smallest Freedom Fighter.     You will discover a few of the people that she walked side by side with to help obtain voting rights for African-Americans in Selma, Alabama. This battle was not an easy one for Sheyann. She saw and knew those who were beaten, jailed, and killed.      How much do you know about voting rights in 1965? Cast you vote to see your results.” 
Sections: Welcome, Activist, Selma March, Martyrs, Timeline, Media Library, Activities, Glossary and Reference.  Very Good

BREAKING RACIAL BARRIERS – AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE HARMON FOUNDATION COLLECTION http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/harmon/
In the 1920s, the Harmon Foundation was established to recognize African American achievements. In 1944, the Foundation organized an exhibition called "Portraits of Outstanding Americans of Negro Origins". In 1967, 41 of the original 50 portraits were given to the National Portrait Gallery. Included here are 20 of the portraits and information on their subjects. Very Good

BRITANNICA GUIDE TO BLACK HISTORY TIMELINE
http://search.eb.com/blackhistory/timeline.html
A timeline of Black history from 1517 to the present. Very Good

BROWN VS. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION – A THINKQUEST SITE
http://library.thinkquest.org/10718/?tqskip1=1
A student-created site on the historic Supreme Court decision that changed the face of public education in the United States. Use the Index to navigate through the site. For elementary/middle school students. Very Good

BUFFALO SOLDIERS AND INDIAN WARS
http://www.buffalosoldier.net/
In-depth information on the Buffalo Soldiers and their role in the Indian Wars. Very Good

BUXTON HISTORIC SITE AND SETTLEMENT            NEW URL!
http://buxtonmuseum.com/
The story of a site in Ontario, Canada which was the last stop on the Underground Railroad for many escaping slaves and which became a black settlement. Very Good

CIVIL RIGHTS DOCUMENTATION PROJECT
http://www.usm.edu/crdp/index.html
Oral history interviews on the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. A digital collection of the transcripts of the dozens of interviews. Very Good

THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: 1955-1965 – INTRODUCTION        
http://www.watson.org/~lisa/blackhistory/civilrights-55-65/
Seven articles on the Civil Rights Movement: 1/The Montgomery Bus Boycott 2/ Sit-Ins 3/ The Freedom Rides 4/ Birmingham 5/ The March on Washington 6/ Mississippi and Freedom Summer, and 7/ Selma. Very Good

THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT CROSSWORD PUZZLE
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/xwords/20030214.html
A crossword puzzle from the New York Times about the Civil Rights Movement. Very Good

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT VETERANS            
http://www.crmvet.org/
Information on veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, its events and organizations. Includes a Speakers List, In Memory, the Movement, Timeline, Images, Our Stories, Commentaries, Discussions (discussion transcripts), Documents, FAQ, Poetry, Movement Links and much more. Excellent source of information. Very Good

CULTURE AND CHANGE – EVOLUTION OF BLACK HISTORY – A TIMELINE
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/timeline/game.htm
An interactive timeline from Scholastic follows Black History from 1492 to 2001. Includes Trailblazers such as Maya Angelou and Tiger Woods, in addition to web sites with more information. Very Good

THE DRED SCOTT CASE             

http://library.wustl.edu/vlib/dredscott/

“In 1846, Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filed suit for their freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court. This suit began an eleven-year legal fight that ended in the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a landmark decision declaring that Scott remain a slave. This decision contributed to rising tensions between the free and slave states just before the American Civil War.

The records displayed in this exhibit document the Scotts' early struggle to gain their freedom through litigation and are the only extant records of this significant case as it was heard in the St. Louis Circuit Court.”  Click on the links to view images of the original documents in the case.  Also includes a chronology of his life and numerous links to background information.  Very Good

DUKE ELLINGTON – CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC
http://dellington.org/
Examines the life and work of Duke Ellington, a prolific composer and musician. Sections: Scrapbook, Timelinks, Inter-Activities (lesson plans), Student Gallery, Resources, Dialogue on Duke, and Celebrations. Very Good

ESCAPE FROM SLAVERY, 1838
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/fdoug.htm
A firsthand account by Frederick Douglass of his escape to freedom. Very Good

EYES OF GLORY
http://www.eyesofglory.com/
Documents Black History and Jewish History in Rhode Island with photos, text and artifacts. Sections: Black History, Jewish History, Family Story and Artifacts. Very Good

FACES OF SCIENCE: AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE SCIENCES    
https://webfiles.uci.edu/mcbrown/display/faces.html
Photos and short biographical sketches of important African American scientists. Very Good

FOOTSTEPS – AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE ONLINE MAGAZINE
http://www.footstepsmagazine.com/
"FOOTSTEPS is a magazine designed for young people, their parents, and other individuals interested in discovering the scope, substance, and many often unheralded facts of African American heritage. It is an excellent classroom resource for teachers, a valuable research tool for students, and an important vehicle for bringing this rich heritage to people of all backgrounds."
Very Good

FREDERICK DOUGLASS – GREAT FOE OF SLAVERY
http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/frederickdouglass1.htm
An article with links on Frederick Douglass and his role fighting against slavery. Good for upper elementary students. Very Good

FREEDOM’S JOURNAL: THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN OWNED AND OPERATED NEWSPAPER IN THE U.S.
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/aanp/freedom/index.asp
An online version of issues of Freedom’s Journal, the first African-American newspaper in the U.S. Very Good

FROM SWASTIKA TO JIM CROW            
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/fromswastikatojimcrow/
A companion site to the PBS program that provides insight on Black-Jewish relations. Sections: The Story, Black-Jewish Relations, Racism in Europe and the U.S., Black Colleges, Lessons Learned, Talkback, The Film, Resources, and Discussion Guide. Includes video clips. Very Good

GATEWAY TO AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY    
http://usinfo.state.gov/scv/history_geography_and_population/population_and_diversity/african_americans/African_American_History_Month.html
A gateway site from the U.S. government. Includes Issues in Depth (not really that deep), Archives of newspaper articles, online Publications, Key Documents, Related Issues, Links and more. Very Good

GOLDEN LEGACY ILLUSTRATED HISTORY MAGAZINE – THE LIFE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.     NEW URL!
http://golden-legacy.com/mlk/mlkjr1.html
An online illustrated magazine (comic-book style) on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Note: There are other titles that can be purchased. For primary/elementary students. Very Good

HARRIET TUBMAN AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FOR CHILDREN
http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/tubman/tubman.html
A school site on Harriet Tubman. Includes profiles, quiz, puzzles, poems and more. Very Good

HISTORICAL TEXT ARCHIVE – AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
http://historicaltextarchive.com/sections.php?op=listarticles&secid=8
21 online articles, 2 online books and 160 links. Full-text of articles and books, plus links. For grade 7 and up. Very Good

A HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS OF DELAWARE AND MARYLAND’S EASTERN SHORE
http://www.udel.edu/BlackHistory/
Ten articles/interviews about African Americans living in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Includes six Lesson Plans. Very Good

KIDS ZONE – AFRO-AMERIC@                         

http://www.afro.com/children/index.html

A fun site for kids on African Americans.  Sections: All Fun and Games, Brain Teasers, Myths and Fables, and Discover Africa.  The games and activities are not necessarily about African Americans or African American history.  Very Good

 

LEGENDS OF TUSKEGEE – BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN AND GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/
"Who are the Legends of Tuskegee and what do they have in common? Booker Taliafero Washington, George Washington Carver and the Tuskegee Airmen all came to Tuskegee and created their own legends. Tuskegee is more than a town located in Macon County, Alabama. It is an idea and an ideal. It was a bold experiment and a site of major African-American achievements for over 100 years."
An online exhibit. Very Good

THE NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER
http://www.undergroundrailroad.com/
Educates the public about the Underground Railroad. Includes articles and information and a link to a listing by state of official Underground Railroad sites. Very Good

REFLECTIONS ON BLACK HISTORY
http://freepress.org/Backup/UnixBackup/pubhtml/fleming/fleming.html
Reflections on being black in California by journalist Thomas Fleming who founded the Sun-Reporter, San Francisco’s African-American weekly. Articles discuss life in California for African Americans in the 1920s and 1930s. Very Good

REMEMBERING SLAVERY- THOSE WHO SURVIVED TELL THEIR STORIES       
http://rememberingslavery.si.edu/

Audio files of slave narratives with transcripts. Very Good

REPORTING CIVIL RIGHTS 1941-1973                
http://www.reportingcivilrights.org/
The reporters and journalism of the Civil Rights Movement. Includes a Timeline, Reporters and Writers, Perspectives on Reporting, and more. This is a companion to a book but includes very good information on the site. Very Good

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS TRIALS
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTrials/scottsboro/scottsb.htm
The complicated, infamous trials of the black teenagers known as the "Scottsboro Boys" who were tried in the 1930s and whose trials had a radical impact on the South. For grade 7 and up. Very Good

SHADOW LEAGUES: THE STORY OF THE NEGRO LEAGUES        

http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112883/

A site by students for students on the Negro Leagues baseball teams. Sections: Teams, Players, History, Ballpark Troubles, Judge Kensaw, Quiz and Bibliography.  Very Good

 

SLAVERY                                         

http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/00394/

A site by students for students on life under slavery.  Sections: Civil War, Abolitionism, Life as a Slave, History of Slavery, and Activities.  Very Good

THE SWEET TRIALS – 1925 & 1926
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/sweet/sweet.html
An account of the infamous Sweet trials in Detroit in the 1920s when protests against an African American family moving into a "white" neighborhood provoked violence. For grade 7 and up. Very Good

THREADS OF FREEDOM                         
http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112604/index.htm
A site for students by students on the hidden messages in slave quilts.  Sections: Learn More, Literature Connection, The Hidden Message, Fun and Games and Bibliography.  Very Good

TIME MAGAZINE: CIVIL RIGHTS COLLECTION            
http://www.time.com/time/archive/collections/0,21428,c_civil_rights,00.shtml
Online issues of Time magazine featuring articles on Civil Rights issues from 1938 to 1996. Very Good

TRANS-ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE 1450-1750 – A THINKQUEST SITE
http://library.thinkquest.org/13406/ta/?tqskip1=1
An examination of the slave trade from 1450-1750 focusing on the many countries and cultures involved. It shows that slavery didn’t begin with the "Middle Passage" but has long been a cruel part of human history. Note: Use the page numbers at the bottom of the page to navigate. Very Good

UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS IN THE CIVIL WAR            
http://www.coax.net/people/lwf/usct.htm
An extensive history of the role of black soldiers in the Civil War. Includes lists of units, battles, burial places, re-enactors and much more. Very Good

VIRGINIA HAMILTON TEACHER RESOURCE FILE **
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/hamilton.htm
Resources on author Virginia Hamilton. Very Good

VOICES FROM THE DAYS OF SLAVERY – FORMER SLAVES TELL THEIR STORY
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/collections/voices/
"The almost seven hours of recorded interviews presented here took place between 1932 and 1975 in nine Southern states. Twenty-three interviewees, born between 1823 and the early 1860s, discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom. Several individuals sing songs, many of which were learned during the time of their enslavement. It is important to note that all of the interviewees spoke sixty or more years after the end of their enslavement, and it is their full lives that are reflected in these recordings. The individuals documented in this presentation have much to say about living as African Americans from the 1870s to the 1930s, and beyond."
Includes Audio Interviews, Biographies of the Interviewers, Song Titles and more. Very Good

VOICES OF FREEDOM – VIRGINIA’S CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT            
http://www.library.vcu.edu/jbc/speccoll/civilrights.html
"Voices of Freedom was produced by the Virginia Civil Rights Movement Video Initiative, a non-profit organization incorporated in 2002 to produce videotaped oral histories of leaders of the Civil Rights movement in Virginia. While much has been written about the dramatic events which occurred in the deep South, the story of the Civil Rights movement in Virginia has largely gone untold. Voices of Freedom focuses on statewide activities from the 1950s through the early 1970s and includes stories about the "Jim Crow" segregation laws that prevailed up until the mid-1960s; stories about the struggles to change the laws and to change public attitudes; and advice from these civil rights veterans to future generations of Virginians/Americans.
Researchers can access from this site eleven videotaped interviews (edited down to about 25 minutes) of leaders and activists in Virginia's Civil Rights movement. The complete transcripts of these full interviews are also available from this site."
Very Good

WE SHALL OVERCOME: HISTORIC PLACES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/
"This National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary tells the powerful story of how and where the centuries-long struggle of African Americans to achieve the bright promise of America culminated in the mid-20th century in a heroic campaign we call the modern civil rights movement. Many of the places where these seminal events occurred, the churches, schools, homes, and neighborhoods, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and are included in this itinerary."
Very Good

THE 1906 ATLANTA RACE RIOT                       

http://www.1906atlantaraceriot.org/

“As the 100th anniversary of the Atlanta Race Riot approaches, the Coalition to Remember the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot is planning a series of initiatives and events to increase public awareness of this shameful episode in the city’s history and inspire Atlantans to appreciate differences as opportunities to build community.”  Good

 ABOARD THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD                     
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/
"A National Register Travel Itinerary".
View maps of Underground Railroad sites with descriptions, locations, photos and more. Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS         NEW URL!
http://www.usc.edu/libraries/archives/ethnicstudies/africanamerican/black_artists.html
Brief profiles of seven African American artists along with a photo of one of their works. Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN BIOGRAPHIES
http://www.exploredc.org/index.php?id=42
"The stories of the African American citizens who helped build and shape Washington reveal the texture of the city in a way that nothing else can. They remind us that a city's story can sometimes best be understood through the lives of the people who call it home."
Includes brief biographies of African Americans such as: Marian Anderson, Mary McLeod Bethune, Charles Drew, Frederick Douglass, Paul Laurence Dunbar and more. Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL TO U.S. COLORED TROOPS
http://www.afroamcivilwar.org/
Information on this memorial in Washington, DC honoring the African Americans who served in the Civil War. Includes a brief history of the troops, photos and more. Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN COWBOYS – RON TARVER GALLERY
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/tarver/index.html
A gallery of captioned photos showing African American cowboys. Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN FREEDOM FIGHTERS                
http://www.cwpost.liunet.edu/cwis/cwp/library/aaffsfl.htm
"This exhibit is not about war. It is about the zealous account of African Americans standing up and being counted as defenders of LIBERTY. This LIBERTY encompasses a vision of basic human rights connected with justice as accorded to all other peoples seeking freedom both inside and outside the territorial bounds of America."
Profiles African American "freedom fighters" from 10 U.S. wars. Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
http://www.watson.org/~lisa/blackhistory/index.html
Documents important events in African-American history. Divided into five segments: The Dred Scott Case 1857; After the Civil War 1865-1900; Early Civil Rights Struggles 1945-1955; The Civil Rights Movement 1955-1965 and School Integration 1955-1975. Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH
http://www.cr.nps.gov/NR/feature/afam/
A look at African American History from the National Registry of Historic Places commemorating the achievements of African Americans. Better than it sounds. Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY TRIVIA    
http://www.usahistory.com/trivia/historical/ha.htm
A 39-question multiple choice quiz on African American history. Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN LABOR HISTORY LINKS       
http://www.afscme.org/publications/12440.cfm
A page of links for sites dealing with African American labor history and issues. Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES: PAMPHLETS FROM THE DANIEL A.P. MURRAY COLLECTION – 1818-1907 http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aap/
"The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Benjamin W. Arnett, Alexander Crummel, and Emanuel Love."
Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN PIONEERS
http://afgen.com/pioneer.html
Brief profiles of several African American pioneers and their achievements. Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS - WOMEN OF COLOR, WOMEN OF WORDS
http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/~cybers/home.html
Information on African American women writers and playwrights. Includes information for teachers. Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN RIDDLES: WHO AM I?
http://abcteach.com/WhatAmI/africamerriddles.htm
A series of riddles developed by elementary students on famous African Americans. Good

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN HISTORY       
http://www.uga.edu/iaas/history/index.htm
Links to brief online profiles of prominent African Americans.  Good

AFRO AMERICANS IN NEW JERSEY     
http://www.njstatelib.org/NJ_Information/Digital_Collections/Afro-Americans/AFAMA.pdf
A scanned version of a brief history of African Americans in New Jersey. Good

ALFY’S PICKS FOR BLACK HISTORY                
http://www.alfy.com/teachers/teach/thematic_units/black_history/BH_1.asp
Links to sites for Black History for elementary students. Note: None of the lesson plans links worked. Good

BIOGRAPHY.COM – BLACK HISTORY
http://www.biography.com/blackhistory/
Biography.com’s list of famous African Americans includes biographical profiles. Good

BLACK HERITAGE TRAIL – MUSEUM OF AFRO AMERICAN HISTORY BOSTON
http://www.afroammuseum.org/trail.htm
Follow the Black Heritage Trail online by following the links to learn about Boston’s African American population in the 19th century. Good

BLACK HISTORY HOTLIST
http://www.fi.edu/tfi/hotlists/blackhistory.html
A hotlist of links from the Franklin Institute on Black History. Good

BLACK HISTORY QUIZ
http://members.aol.com/klove01/question.htm
A 25-question quiz on Black History. Includes an answer sheet at the bottom. See also Black History Page in Very Good section for full site. Good

BLACK HISTORY THEME                    
http://preschoolrainbow.org/black-history.htm
Black History activities. Intended for pre-school but can be modified for primary grades. Good

BLACK HISTORY TREASURE HUNT
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/filamentality/ex.hunt.html
Provides a list of links where students can find the answers to a group of questions about Black History. Good

BLACK INVENTORS A TO Z                        
http://inventors.about.com/library/blblackinventors.htm
An alphabetical list of Black inventors with links to information. Good

BLACK LEGENDS
http://www.angelfire.com/ca/ebonyfire/special.html
Brief biographical paragraphs about several important African Americans, both well-known and not. Good

BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION – ACTIVITY BOOKLET                
http://brownvboard.org/actvtybk/cover.htm
A printable activity booklet for elementary students on Brown vs. Board of Education. Includes puzzles. Good

THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS ON THE WESTERN FRONTIER        NEW URL!
http://www.imh.org/museum/exhibit.php?exhibition=Buffalo
Documents the history of the 9th and 10th cavalry units, the Buffalo Soldiers, on the western frontier in the 1860s and 1870s. Sections: 1866-Congress Create the First Peace-Time African-American Units, the 9th Cavalry, the 10th Cavalry, Daily Life on the Western Frontier, Medal of Honor Recipients, and a Bibliography. Good

CATHAY WILLIAMS – FEMALE BUFFALO SOLDIER
http://www.buffalosoldier.net/CathayWilliamsFemaleBuffaloSoldierWithDocuments.htm
An account of the life of Cathay Williams, the only documented female to be a Buffalo Soldier and how she was able to hide her gender and serve. Includes her account. Good

THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA                    
http://www.sparknotes.com/history/american/civilrights/
Information for students on the Civil Rights Era. Includes: Overview, Summary of Events, Key People and Terms, Study Questions and Essay Topics, Quiz and Suggestions for Further Reading. For upper elementary/middle school students. Good

THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY 1954-1968        
http://www.abbeville.com/civilrights/index.asp
This is a photo book about the Civil Rights Movement. Four chapters are available to read online. They include the photos and descriptions. Good

THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: SITES FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS        
http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/crlnews/backissues2004/september04/civilrights.htm
A page of links on the Civil Rights Movement from the American Library Association. Good

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT TIMELINE            
http://www.factmonster.com/spot/civilrightstimeline1.html
A site for elementary students with a timeline of the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 2005. Good

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT TIMELINE        
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/civilrightstimeline1.html
A timeline of the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 2005 with links and some photos. Good

THE CONFESSIONS OF NAT TURNER, THE LEADER OF THE INSURRECTION IN SOUTHAMPTON, VIRGINIA   
http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/turner/turner.html

The online text of the famous narrative of Nat Turner, the slave who led a slave insurrection in 1831. Good

DEAD RECKONING: THE LANIER PHILLIPS STORY            
http://www.shipwreckcentral.com/teachMod6.htm
"Growing up in fear in the Klan controlled State of Georgia; Phillips joined a segregated Navy as a teenager. One February night in 1942, his ship was wrecked off the coast of Newfoundland. When a local resident saved him from hypothermia, Phillips thought, "Here is a white man who wants me to live." The kindness he received from these white strangers as they nursed him through the night was a miracle that allowed him to recognize his future was worth fighting for. The love and hope he found in the community of St. Lawrence would continue to empower him throughout the course of his life."
View the movie. Good

EXPLANATION OF FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD SONG
http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ltc/special/mlk/gourd2.html
The lyrics and explanation to the slave song Follow the Drinking Gourd which was really a map to lead escaping slaves north to freedom. Good

FORT MOSE: FREE AFRICAN SETTLEMENT
http://fortmose.org/
"
Hidden away in the marshes of St. Augustine, Florida is one of the most important sites in American history: the first free community of ex-slaves, founded in 1738 and called Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose or Fort Mose (pronounced Moh-Say).

More than a century before the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves from the British colonies were able to follow the original "Underground Railroad" which headed not to the nroth, but rather south, to the Spanish colony of Florida. There they were given there freedom, if they declared their allegiance to the King of Spain and joind the Catholic Church."   Good

14TH AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION                
http://www.nps.gov/malu/documents/amend14.htm
The text of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution along with the details of its ratification. Unrated

HANDPRINT UNITY WREATH CRAFT
http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/munitywreath.htm
A simple craft for primary students in which handprints are made into a unity wreath. Good

HISTORY OF BLACK FIREFIGHTERS
http://hometown.aol.com/fireriter/index.html
Photos and information on Black firefighters in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Arranged by city. (Includes Philadelphia). Good

HOME TO HARLEM                
http://www.hometoharlem.com/harlem/HTHADMIN.NSF/45d45b608fc57392852564f80057ecf2?OpenView
Information on Harlem in New York City. Check out the Notables and History sections. Good

THE IMAGE OF BLACK                
http://www.theimageofblack.co.uk/
An examination of Black History through European art. Section: Introduction, Gallery, Critical Thinking, Feature, and Links. Good

JACKSON DAVIS COLLECTION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS       

http://www.lib.virginia.edu/small/collections/jdavis/

“Jackson Davis, an educational reformer and amateur photographer, took nearly 6,000 photographs of African American schools, teachers and students throughout the Southeastern United States.

His photographs -- most intended to demonstrate the wretched conditions of African American schools in the south and to show how they could be improved -- provide a unique view of southern education during the first half of the twentieth century.  The Jackson Davis Collection consists of papers and photographs...”  Read the FAQs for information on how to use the database.  Good

JUNETEENTH
http://www.juneteenth.com/
Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the ending of slavery. Begun in Texas, it has spread around the country. Today’s celebrations emphasize education and achievement. Includes a state by state listing of events. Good

KEY EVENTS IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT                
http://home.earthlink.net/~gfeldmeth/chart.civrights.html
A timeline of key events in the Civil Rights Movement from 1868 to 1992. Good

LIFE OF A SLAVE                           

http://www.louswebsite.com/37.html

“In doing my Genealogy research I found a need to understand what life was like for my slave ancestors back in the 18th and 19th centuries. Join me while I research the past. Take a look at SLAVES AND OWNERS ,SLAVE CULTURE, FAMILY LIFE,SLAVE RELIGION SLAVE LAWS, FREEDOM, HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS AND OPINIONS”  Suitable for middle school students and up.  Good

LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH – 40TH ANNIVERSARY            
http://www.centralhigh57.org/
Presents information on the 40th anniversary (in 1997) of the integration crisis centered on Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. Includes: Photos: The President and the Nine in Little Rock, Videos: The Nine Enter Central and One Student’s Experience. Provides background information and reprints of contemporary newspaper articles. Good

MARIAN ANDERSON: A LIFE IN SONG                
http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/rbm/anderson/
An online exhibit from the University of Pennsylvania on singer Marian Anderson. Includes numerous audio files and several video clips. Good

MARYLAND’S AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE – A THINKQUEST SITE
http://library.thinkquest.org/3337/main.html?tqskip1=1
A site for and created by students on Maryland’s African American heritage. Includes biographies, a timeline and important historic sites. Gives students an idea for designing a similar site for their area. Good

MINORITY CAREER NETWORK       
http://www.minoritycareernet.com/hot-jobs.shtml
Job opportunities and information for minorities. Good

MUSIC OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT                    
http://www.sbgmusic.com/html/teacher/reference/historical/civilrights.html
A brief article on the music of the Civil Rights Movement. Good

NAACP ONLINE
http://www.naacp.org/
Their official web site. Includes information and links to many others. Good

NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN                
http://www.ncte.org/prog/readin/107901.htm
"Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers.
To be counted as participants, simply:  ● Select books authored by African Americans; ● Conduct your Read-In(s) on the days designated; and ● Report your results by submitting the 2006 African American Read-In Report Card."
Good

NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER            
http://www.freedomcenter.org/
Information on this Cincinnati museum with online information. Check out the Learn section for Stories and Voices of Freedom. Good

NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUES                
http://www.blackbaseball.com/
Information on the Negro Baseball Leagues. Sections: History, Players and Teams. Note: Includes links to purchase merchandise. Good

NINTH MEMORIAL CAVALRY – BUFFALO SOLDIERS
http://www.9thcavalry.com/
Tells the story of the 9th Cavalry Regiment that was formed by order of Congress in 1866 to be a "colored" regiment. The Regiment protected and kept the peace in the southwestern states and later fought overseas. Shows the re-enactment activities, uniforms, weaponry and more. Good

ORAL HISTORY CIVIL RIGHTS DOCUMENTATION PROJECT
http://www.usm.edu/crdp/
A collection of oral history interviews on the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Includes a transcript of each interview. Good

PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM WITH CYANOTYPES            
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/exhibits/calhoun/index.html
From 1896 to 1903 photographer Richard Riley documented life at the Calhoun Industrial School in Alabama, a freedmen’s school for industrial education. Photographs include the buildings, teachers, students, townspeople, and more. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge each picture. Good

PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN FLORIDA            
http://www.floridamemory.com/OnlineClassroom/PhotoAlbum/civil_rights.cfm
Two pages of photos with captions of the Civil Rights Movement in Florida. Good

THE RIGHT TO SIGHT: PATRICIA BATH            
http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/ilives/bath/bath.html
A brief biographical article on the important role of African American inventor Patricia Bath in helping the blind to see. Good

ROAD TO CIVIL RIGHTS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS            
http://library.thinkquest.org/4623/
A site by students for students on the Civil Rights Movement. Information on Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson and Jesse Jackson. Includes a quiz on them. Appropriate for elementary students. Good

ROSA PARKS PORTAL
http://www.e-portals.org/Parks/
A portal for websites on Rosa Parks. Sections: Biographies, Awards, Newspaper Articles and Online Searches. Good

SLAVERY AND RELIGION IN AMERICA – A TIMELINE 1440-1866
http://www.mamiwata.com/bchurch.html
A timeline of slavery and religion from the 15th to 19th centuries. Good

THROUGH THE LENS OF TIME: IMAGES OF AFRICAN AMERICANS FROM THE COOK COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS  NEW URL!
http://dig.library.vcu.edu/cdm4/index_cook.php?CISOROOT=/cook
"Search or browse nearly 300 images of African Americans dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth century from the Cook Collection of Photographs. These digitally scanned images are of prints taken by George S. Cook (1819-1902) and Huestes P. Cook (1868-1951) primarily in the Richmond and Central Virginia area." Good

TIMELINES – TOWARD RACIAL EQUALITY
http://blackhistory.harpweek.com/8Timelines/TimelinesLevelOne.htm
Three different timelines: Slavery Timeline, Civil War Timeline and Reconstruction Timeline. Good

THE TOP TEN AFRICAN AMERICAN INVENTORS            
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/inventors/
An article on African American inventors for grades 3-4. Includes: Lewis Latimer, Granville T. Woods, Garret Morgan, Lonnie G. Johnson and more. Includes photos and pictures or drawings of their inventions. Brief but good. Good

TRAVEL THE BLUES HIGHWAY – WILLIAM ALBERT ALLARD PHOTO GALLERY
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/blues/
A gallery of captioned photos showing blues magicians and the places where the blues are/were played. Good

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD LINKS
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohafram/ugrr-links.html
A page of links to information on the Underground Railroad. Good

 

LESSON PLANS & CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

ABOLISHING SLAVERY IN AMERICA – LESSON PLAN            
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/abolishingSlavery/
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on abolition. "Students will 1. Learn what happened aboard the slave vessels Zong and Amistad. 2. Consider what each incident reveals about views of slavery in Great Britain and the United States. 3.Write an essay exploring each country's attitude toward slavery." Excellent

AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITIES IN THE NORTH BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=453
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on African American history. "Fully one-third of Patriot soldiers at the Battle of Bunker Hill were African Americans. Census data also reveal that there were slaves and free Blacks living in the North in 1790 and after. What do we know about African-American communities in the North in the years after the American Revolution? In this lesson, students will tour and/or read about some important free African-American communities thriving in the North before the Civil War." Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN INVENTORS – LESSON PLAN
http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/1026.html
A lesson plan for grades 4-6 on African American inventors. "Students will use the Internet to research African American inventors. They will work with a partner to complete a graphic organizer about the inventors and the inventions. After the activity, each student will choose one invention, write a paragraph about how life would be different without that invention, and share their findings with the class." Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN LESSON PLANS
http://members.tripod.com/~teacherslounge/index-7.html
Several lesson plans for teaching about African Americans. Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN POPULATION SHIFTS – LESSON PLAN
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/tpl-anyplacebuthere/index.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 using census data to determine how African American populations shifted in the last century and the reasons for those movements. Includes suggestions for adapting the lesson to older students and for additional reading and web links. Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN SOLDIERS AFTER WORLD WAR I: HAD RACE RELATIONS CHANGED? – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=498
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on race relations at the end of World War I. "Despite institutionalized prejudice, hundreds of thousands of African Americans fought in the U.S. military during World War I. Even as most African Americans did not reap the benefits of American democracy—so central to the rhetoric of World War I—many still chose to support a nation that denied them full citizenship. What were their experiences back home when the war was over? In this lesson, students view archival photographs, combine their efforts to comb through a database of more than 2,000 archival newspaper accounts about race relations in the United States, and read newspaper articles written from different points of view about post-war riots in Chicago." Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN WORLD WAR I: THE 92ND AND 93RD DIVISIONS – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=497
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the role of African American soldiers in World War I. Excellent

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN TEACHER’S LOUNGE
http://members.tripod.com/~teacherslounge/index.html
Lesson plans and a range of other resources for African American teachers. Note: The African-American Lesson Plans (on African American culture and history) are listed separately in part 2 of this list. Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN SCIENCE – LESSON PLAN
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?DocID=340
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on African Americans. "Using the African American Scientists student E-Sheet, students should read about the career of Dr. Ben Carson. After students have read the article, discuss Dr. Carson's life story briefly with the class. His story is an inspirational one that is marked by great achievements. Use this as a springboard to discuss other renowned African American scientists, mathematicians, and engineers with which students might be familiar, such as Lewis Latimer, Charles Drew, or Ernest Just." Excellent

AFTER RECONSTRUCTION: PROBLEMS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE SOUTH – LESSON PLAN
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/rec/rhome.html
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the issues facing African Americans in the aftermath of Reconstruction. Excellent

AFTER THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: FREE AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NORTH – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=452
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on African American history. "How do authors use primary and secondary sources in creating biographies? What are some literary techniques authors use in creating biographies? What generalizations can be made about life in the North for African Americans? About the subjects themselves?" Excellent

AMERICAN CULTURE – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20021108friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students will consider Al Sharpton's critique of the state of African-American youth and their values. After creating a mural celebrating African-American culture, students will reflect on the legitimacy of Sharpton's concerns."
For grades 6-12. Excellent

AN ANALYSIS OF JIM CROW LAWS AND THEIR EFFECTS ON RACE RELATIONS – CURRICULUM UNIT    
http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1996/1/96.01.01.x.html
A curriculum unit for 1st grade students on the Jim Crow laws and race relations. "It follows logically that while it is necessary to learn about other people, it is also as imperative to study one’s own history. This unit, "An Analysis of Jim Crow Laws and Their Effects on Race Relations in America", will focus upon the 60’s Civil Rights Movement. The unit is designed for first graders of a New Haven Public School. The students are predominantly African American, belonging to a low socio-economic level. Their academic levels range from very low to high. It is in this teachers opinion, however, that the students are all talented and gifted in some way or another!
My intention for devising the unit is to convey to young learners how laws, based on discrimination, can destroy the basic human spirit of all parties involved. Once the miserable truth is established about Jim Crow, and students gain full comprehension, a discussion will arise on the best route to embrace that would execute the alteration of unfair legislation. Hopefully, these young minds will process the information of their history, and construct meaning pertinent to their lives."
Includes 4 lessons, a Teacher Bibliography and a Student Bibliography. Can be modified for other grade levels. Excellent

ATTITUDES TOWARD EMANCIPATION - LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=290
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the Emancipation Proclamation. "The Emancipation Proclamation carried Americans across an important frontier in the political growth of the nation. Through the Internet, students can return to this frontier and explore the many obstacles and alternatives we faced in making this passage toward "a more perfect Union." Excellent

"BEEN HERE SO LONG" LESSON PLANS ACCOMPANYING THE AMERICAN SLAVE NARRATIVES
http://newdeal.feri.org/asn/lesson00.htm
Lesson plans to accompany the website "Been Here So Long" American Slave Narratives. Excellent

BEFORE BROTHER FOUGHT BROTHER: LIFE IN THE NORTH AND SOUTH 1847-1861 – CURRICULUM UNIT
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=484
A five-lesson curriculum unit for grades 6-8 on life for both blacks and whites before the Civil War. Lessons: Factory vs. Plantation in the North and South, People and Places in the North and South, A Debate Against Slavery (see below), Life Before the Civil War, and Women’s Lives Before the War. Excellent

BEFORE BROTHER FOUGHT BROTHER: A DEBATE AGAINST SLAVERY – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=485
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on slavery. "In this lesson, students will argue against slavery using evidence they gather from archival documents." Excellent

BIRMINGHAM BLUES: EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE THROUGH POETRY- LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20020513monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students investigate racial inequality and prejudice in American history through the words of Langston Hughes, an American black poet."
For grades 6-12 Excellent

BLACK AND BLUE: ATTRACTING VISITORS TO AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUMS – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20010223friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students will create print advertisements that persuade viewers to visit African-American history museums by detailing their artistic, cultural, and historical benefits."
For grades 6-12 Excellent

BLACK HISTORY LESSONS & ACTIVITIES
http://www.picadome.fcps.net/lab/teacherl/lesson_plans/black_hist/default.htm
A page of lessons and activities on Black History. Excellent

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – BACKGROUND MATERIALS, LESSON PLANS AND WEB RESOURCES
http://www.glc.k12.ga.us/news/NewsItems/Next/celeb/blckhis.htm
A page of resources and lesson plans. Sections: Background Materials, Lesson Plans and Web Resources. Excellent

A BLACK HISTORY TREASURE HUNT – LESSON PLAN
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson052.shtml
A treasure hunt for students grades 4 and above (by levels) on Black History. Excellent

BLACK ONYX: BLACK FOLKTALES UNIT
http://www.cis.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/guides/1983/6/83.06.07.x.html
A lesson plan for grades 9-12. Click on To the Curriculum Unit to see the full unit. Sections: Introduction, General Procedures, Sample Lesson Plans, Worksheet, Transcripts, Notes, Student Reading List, and Bibliography. Excellent

BLACK POWER: ORGANIZING A ROUNDTABLE OF BLACK LEADERS – LESSON PLAN      
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20040503monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students research contemporary black leaders of prominence, and choose five to invite to a roundtable discussion on issues relevant to black communities. They then brainstorm discussion topics, draft questions for the attendees, and write essays assessing the potential effectiveness of their selected roundtable participants." Excellent

BUFFALO SOLDIERS – LESSON PLAN
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/rediscoveringamerica-buffalosoldiers/index.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the role of African American soldiers in the military in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Includes links and suggested readings. Excellent

CAPTURING THE MOMENT: CREATING A PHOTOGRAPH TIMELINE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT – LESSON PLAN                                                    
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20050829monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on the Civil Rights Movement for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students create photography timelines of the civil rights movement and write journal entries reflecting on the capacity of photographs to evoke personal and collective historical memory." Excellent

CASE IN POINT: LEARNING ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF COURT CASES IN THE HISTORY OF CIVIL RIGHTS – LESSON PLAN                                            
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20040514friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on civil rights for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students consider the importance and influence of various civil rights court cases, then reflect on the lasting social and political impact these cases have had, as well as the prejudices that may still exist regarding the issues addressed by each case." Excellent

CHICAGO’S BLACK METROPOLIS: UNDERSTANDING HISTORY THROUGH A HISTORIC PLACE – LESSON PLAN                                          

http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/53black/53black.htm

A lesson plan on African American life in Chicago for junior/senior high students.  Includes: Getting Started: Inquiry Question, Setting the Stage: Historical Context, Determining the Facts: Readings, Visual Evidence: Images, Putting It All Together: Articles and Supplementary Resources.  Excellent

 

CIVIL RIGHTS: AN INVESTIGATION – LESSON PLAN
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/civilrights/index.html
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 exploring the issue of civil rights and the roles played by President Johnson, Edgar J. Hoover and Martin Luther King, Jr. during the American civil rights movement. It also examines the effects and implications of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Excellent

CIVIL RIGHTS AND FREEDOM – CROSSWORD PUZZLE               

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/xwords/20000102.html

A crossword puzzle on civil rights from the NY Times.  Excellent

THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT –LESSON PLAN                    
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/freeatlast/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the Civil Rights Movement. "Students will understand the following:1.Beyond the famous leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, ordinary men and women struggled for their beliefs. 2. All the participants—famous and not so famous—deserve to have their stories told. 3.Older people have a responsibility to pass on these stories to younger people." Excellent

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT - LESSON PLAN
http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/2227.html
A lesson plan on the Civil Rights Movement. Students evaluate the non-violent approach to protest vs. the action approach. Excellent

THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 1954-1968 – LESSON PLAN
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/US_History/USH0045.html
A lesson plan for grades 8-11 on the Civil Rights Movement. "In this Unit, students will examine the various political and social changes which have occurred as individuals and groups have raised civil rights issues and challenged the status quo in the 1950’s and 1960’s. These events and changes will be chronicled in, but not limited to the following: Brown v Board of Education, Montgomery Bus boycott, Little Rock Crisis, Marches on Washington, Birmingham and Selma, the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1960, 1964 the 24th Amendment, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The students will research the events, making an oral presentation to the class, and creating a visual/photographic timeline. The teacher will be responsible to interject the appropriate primary source materials such as speeches, essays songs, poetry and videos." Excellent

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT – THEME UNIT                
http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00001084.shtml
A unit for grades 4-12 on the Civil Rights Movement. "These sites are about the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. from 1954-1971. Includes several timelines with the major events of the era explained. Take an online tour of several historical spots. Topics include the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Greensboro Sit-Ins, Little Rock Central High School, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, and Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. Read about civil rights leader Malcolm X and a first-hand account of the Freedom Rides of 1961. There are links to eThemes Resources on Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Black History Month." Excellent

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT UNIT – USING PRIMARY SOURCES IN THE CLASSROOM     
http://www.archives.state.al.us/teacher/rights.html
A unit introducing the Civil Rights Movement. Includes five lesson plans. Includes Background Material for Teachers, Learning Objectives, Suggested Activities and links to the primary documents. Excellent

CIVIL RIGHTS SPECIAL COLLECTION – TEACHERS’ RESOURCES            
http://www.teachersdomain.org/special/civil/
A multimedia resource for teachers for teaching about the Civil Rights Movement. Includes lesson plans and videos. Note: You must register to use Teachers Domain but registration is free. For K-12 teachers. This is only one topic of a huge set of resources. For now, most are in Science rather than Social Studies but keep checking. Outstanding. Excellent

CIVIL SERVICES: EXPLORING THE LASTING IMPACT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT – LESSON PLAN  
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20020121monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on the Civil Rights Movement for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students investigate important themes, figures, and events of the civil rights movement. They then create a class mural that both synthesizes their knowledge of this period in history and demonstrates their understanding of the continuing impact of the movement on American society." Excellent

COLOR ME DARK – CURRICULUM UNIT            
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/content/2487/
A curriculum unit on African American history and the Great Migration. "This five-lesson curriculum unit will provide learning activities to help students understand the experiences of these African-American people and their families during The Great Migration—as well as help them learn the history of this period and relate it to their present-day lives." Excellent

THE COLOR OF MONEY: EXPLORING RACE IN BUSINESS AND OTHER FIELDS – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000614wednesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students explore the success of members of racial and ethnic minorities in the business world through discussing a related New York Times article. Students then interview successful people in various professions who would be considered members of a racial or ethnic minority in the United States."
For grades 6-12. Excellent

CRAFTING FREEDOM: AFRICAN AMERICANS 1800-1870 – TEACHING GUIDE            
http://www.culver.org/academics/infolit/Faculty/foleyd/Teacher_files/craftingfreedom/cfindex.htm
"The mission of our Web Page is to focus on a specific area of history – life of African Americans
1800-1870 – to guide teachers & students through factual content of this era in history, and also show how to conduct research using a variety of sources and strategies.
Many times when teachers approach this period in American history, the only discussion of African Americans is usually slave life on a plantation with escape to the Underground Railroad. Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Dred Scott and a few other known figures are emphasized, but this is telling only part of the story of African Americans.  Although there were over three million slaves in the South at the beginning of the Civil War, there were hundreds of thousands of free blacks whose story goes untold. These free blacks, along with skilled slaves who were hired out, maintained businesses and supported their families.
Our Lesson Plan will identify some figures for additional research and serve as a guide on how to research these "unknowns," both slave and free, to get a broader understanding of African American living and working environment between 1800 and 1870. It is our desire that teachers in each state will search out additional names of people from their own communities or states to encourage students to learn more about their local history. The research skills that students acquire, especially with primary sources, special reference works, archival materials, historic sites, and interviews with experts can be applied to other history and humanities assignments."
Sections: Analysis, Bibliography, Crafting Freedom Bibliography, Historic Landmarks & Museums, Internet, Interviews, Libraries, Periodicals, Photographs/Images, and Primary Sources. A How-To and Where to Look rather than providing content. Excellent

CRITICAL WAYS OF SEEING THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN IN CONTEXT – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=447
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 analyzing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and examining the controversy surrounding it. "Huckleberry Finn opens with a warning from its author that misinterpreting readers will be shot. Despite the danger, readers have been approaching the novel from such diverse critical perspectives for 120 years that it is both commonly taught and frequently banned, for a variety of reasons. Studying both the novel and its critics with an emphasis on cultural context will help students develop analytical tools essential for navigating this work and other American controversies. This lesson asks students to combine internet historical research with critical reading. Then students will produce several writing assignments exploring what readers see in Huckleberry Finn and why they see it that way." Excellent

CUT AND PASTE BIOGRAPHIES: CREATING COLLAGES TO DOCUMENT THE LIVES AND LEGACIES OF FAMOUS AFRICAN-AMERICANS – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20030912friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on African-Americans. "In this lesson, students explore the influence of African-American artists, writers, and musicians on American culture. After researching different figures in these areas, students create collages representing each person's life and legacy."   Excellent

DISCOVERING A PASSION FOR POETRY WITH LANGSTON HUGHES – LESSON PLAN       

http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=251

A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on Langston Hughes and his poetry.  “Poetry is written to convey the essence of a greater meaning. Much like the youth of today, poetry can bundle a great deal of passion in a small package. After analyzing examples of contemporary youth poetry as well as the poetry of Langston Hughes, students use the Internet to conduct research on how events in the world have shaped Hughes' work. They cite specific examples that link their interpretation of the poem to the sociohistorical context in which it was written. Finally, each student creates an original poem that communicates a personal view on a current world issue.”  Excellent

 

DIVERSE VOICES: AFRICAN AMERICAN VENTURES – CURRICULUM UNIT  

http://www.learningtogive.org/lessons/unit22/

A curriculum unit for grades 3-5 on African American culture.  “Students will become familiar with African American humanitarian efforts that promoted philanthropy and had a significant effect on the African American community.”  Includes 5 lesson plans.  Excellent

  

DR. KING’S DREAM – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=332
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "In this lesson, students will learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Students will listen to a brief biography, view photographs of the March on Washington, hear a portion of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and discuss what King's words mean to them. Finally, they will create picture books about their own dreams of freedom for Americans today." Excellent

DROP ME OFF IN HARLEM – CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/exploring/harlem/classroom/classroommain_text.html
Activities centered around the study of the Harlem Renaissance and the explosion of creativity that happened there in the 1920s. Includes two classroom activities. Click on Related Lessons for lesson plans related to the study. Excellent

THE END OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT? – LESSON PLAN
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/tpl-crossroads/index.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the rights and racial relationships we have today. Includes suggested readings and web links. Excellent

EXPERIENCING THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD – LESSON PLAN
http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/1932.html
A lesson plan in which students take on the roles of fleeing slaves and conductors on the Underground Railroad. Excellent

THE FABRIC OF HISTORY: DEPICTING AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH QUILTS – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20040130friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on African American history. "In this lesson, students will explore eras in African American history, then create quilts depicting important events and personalities from these eras." Excellent

FAMILIES IN BONDAGE – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=280
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on slavery. "This two-part lesson plan draws on letters written by African Americans in slavery and by free blacks to loved ones still in bondage, singling out a few among the many slave experiences to offer students a glimpse into slavery and its effects on African American family life." Excellent

FOLKLORE IN ZORA NEALE HURSTON’S THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=407
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on how Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God incorporates the southern folk tradition. "In tribute to Hurston's fusion of social science and the author's art, this lesson plan focuses on the way Hurston incorporates, adapts, transforms, and comments on black folklife in Their Eyes Were Watching God. Students will read the novel, explore Hurston's own life history and collection methods, listen to her WPA recordings of folksongs and folktales, and compare transcribed folk narrative texts with the plot and themes of Their Eyes. Along the way, the history of black autonomy in the post-Civil War South (especially the town of Eatonville, where Hurston grew up and which is the setting for much of the novel) is available for interdisciplinary connections or simply as a potent reminder of the vital relationship between place, tradition, history, and story. In short, the idea is to understand, both as formal analysts of voice and style and as historians of literature, the crucial role of oral folklore in Hurston's written canon." Excellent

FREEDOM FIGHTERS – LESSON PLAN            
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/freedomfighters/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the struggles of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela. "Students will 1/ Demonstrate an understanding of the struggles of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr. 2/ Read, analyze, and compare two speeches or writings from Mandela and King. Discuss the effect each man had on history." Excellent

FROM COURAGE TO FREEDOM: FREDERICK DOUGLASS’ 1845 AUTOBIOGRAPHY – CURRICULUM UNIT  
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=594
A curriculum unit for grades 9-12 based on the autobiography of Frederick Douglass. "In this curriculum unit, students will read Douglass's narrative with particular attention devoted to chapters 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, and 10. They will analyze Douglass's vivid first-hand accounts of the lives of slaves and the behavior of slave owners to see how he successfully contrasts reality with romanticism and powerfully uses imagery, irony, connotative and denotative language, strong active verbs, repetition, and rhetorical appeals to persuade the reader of slavery's evil. Students will also identify and discuss Douglass's acts of physical and intellectual courage on his journey towards freedom." Contains three lesson plans. Excellent

HARLEM – CURRICULUM UNIT
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/teaching_materials/curricula/curriculum_units.cfm?curriculum_unit_id=69
A five-lesson curriculum unit on Harlem and the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the industrial, urban North. "introduces students to Harlem, starting with black migration from Africa and from the American South to the North, to the Harlem Renaissance (including jazz musicians, visual artists, writers, and poets), and on to aspects of daily Harlem life (then and now) such as family storytelling and street games." Excellent

HARLEM 1900-1940 – CURRICULUM UNIT                    
http://www.si.umich.edu/CHICO/Harlem/
"The scope of this portfolio is Harlem from the years 1900-1940. Various elements of the history of the urban experience in Harlem's early days as the Cultural Capital of African Americans are represented here by graphic and photographic images from the Schomburg Center collection. Some of the subjects include the Schomburg Center itself, political movements, education, sports, social organizations, religion, the Harlem Hospital, theater, business and music. The personalities which make up the rich history of Harlem are too numerous to include in this selected group of images; however there are those too important to be left out, such as Bert Williams and George Walker, Marcus Garvey, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes and others. Educators are encouraged to adapt these materials to suplement existing textbooks and curricula. By providing a resource that elaborates on the information currently available on the history of the lives and contributions of African Americans, we hope teachers will use this material as a guide to explore this subject further."
For grade 7 and up. Outstanding. Excellent

HARLEM RENAISSANCE: A LIVING MUSEUM – LESSON PLAN              

http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/content/2302/

A lesson plan for grades 5-8 on the Harlem Renaissance. “As an introduction to African-American History Month (February), students will listen to a reading of the book Harlem by Walter Dean Myers to learn more about the places and people that figured prominently in the Harlem Renaissance. Students will research the lives of famous African-Americans of the Harlem Renaissance era. They will write short monologues in the voice of these individuals, and present them as part of a living museum exhibit. Students will also create backdrops to correspond with the figures they have studied, and to complement the performance of the monologue.”  Excellent

 

A HARLEM RENAISSANCE RETROSPECTIVE: CONNECTING ART, MUSIC, DANCE AND POETRY – LESSON PLAN                                           

http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=252

A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the Harlem Renaissance.The Harlem Renaissance was a vibrant time that was characterized by innovations in art, literature, music, poetry, and dance. In this lesson, students conduct Internet research, work with an interactive Venn diagram tool, and create a museum exhibit that highlights the work of selected artists, musicians, and poets. The goal of this lesson is to help students understand the historical context of the Harlem Renaissance and what kind of impact it had on African Americans in the United States. Critical thinking, creativity, and interdisciplinary connections are emphasized.”   Excellent

HARRIET TUBMAN INTEGRATED UNIT            
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/content/2411/
An integrated unit for grades K-4 on Harriet Tubman. Excellent

HAVE MINORITIES GAINED ACCEPTANCE? – LESSON PLAN
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/US_History/USH0011.html
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on race relations. "This lesson is used at the end of our minority unit. Previously, students will have discussed the following topics: 1.reconstruction, 2/ attitudes of Blacks towards themselves, and Whites towards Blacks, 3.affect of Black codes and Jim Crow laws on Blacks, 4. debate between Dubois and Washington, 5/ successes of Blacks starting with Civil War period and moving forward to 1960s, 6.the affect of the U.S. court system on Blacks civil rights, 7. the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King.

Students will have spent about four weeks studying the topics listed above. We wanted them to find out if the civil rights movement, court cases, and congressional actions have caused Blacks to be accepted in the mainstream of American life." Excellent

HELD ACCOUNTABLE: CONNECTING ACCOUNTS FROM SLAVE NARRATIVES TO HISTORICAL RESEARCH – LESSON PLAN                              

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20040621monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on slave narratives and historical research.  “In this lesson, students read excerpts from two recently discovered slave narratives and relate the personal accounts from each to history texts and other historical documentation.”  Excellent

 

HEROES AND THEIR IMPACT – JACKIE ROBINSON, MOTHER THERESA AND ROSA PARKS – CURRICULUM UNIT                     

http://www.learningtogive.org/lessons/unit37/overview.html

A curriculum unit for grades 3-5 on three heroes, two of whom are African American.  “By looking at three very different persons, students will see that heroes can come from all walks of life and have an impact on their country or the world in a capacity much larger than one might expect. Students will attempt to define what a hero is and recognize that heroes are acting selflessly for the common good.”

Includes 3 lesson plans.  Excellent

How the African-American Storyteller Impacts the Black Family and Society CURRICULUM UNIT
http://www.cis.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/guides/1990/4/90.04.05.x.html
A curriculum unit for grade 6 in which students learn about Black storytellers from slavery to the present. (Note: The word "storytellers" is loosely defined in this unit.) Some of the "storytellers" featured include: Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Winnie Mandela, Bill Cosby, "Moms" Mabley, and Martin Luther King. Sections: Purpose, Objectives, Introduction, Emergence of the Black Writerstoryteller, Why Do Blacks Write?, Black Writersstorytellers and Their Works, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Winnie Mandela, Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Black Writersstorytellers Impacts on the Black Family and Society, Lesson Plans I, Lesson Plans II, Bibliography and Notes. Excellent

I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: EVALUATING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ORAL AND WRITTEN HISTORY – LESSON PLAN                           

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20050711monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan on history for grades 6-12.  “In this lesson, students read a narrative text that recounts the legacy of a family as a starting-point for discussion and research about pre-Civil War slavery. Students then write a first-person narrative from the perspective of a runaway slave, or a historical character of the period, and present their story orally.”  Excellent

IS ALL FAIR IN WAR? EXPLORING RACE IN THE U.S. MILITARY – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000607wednesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students investigate issues of race in the military by examining current and historic examples. Students work in small groups to research how issues of race have manifested in different wars of the United States and create illustrated textbook entries incorporating their research."
For grades 6-12 Excellent

JACOB LAWRENCE: EXPLORING STORIES – LESSON PLANS       

http://www.whitney.org/jacoblawrence/resources/lesson_plans.html

An online exhibit from the Whitney Museum on artist Jacob Lawrence.  Includes information on his life and works, views of his works, and learning opportunities including webquests and lesson plans.  A huge site.  Outstanding.  Excellent   SEE WEBSITES FOR FULL INFO

JAZZ TALK ACTIVITY                
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/activities/jazztalk/
A classroom activity for grades 6-12 on the history of jazz and the impact of African American poetry and music on American culture. " Students will analyze work songs, spirituals, blues, and gospel songs in order to develop an appreciation for the origins of jazz music. They will also examine works of poetry from African American artists and create their own poems. After completing this activity, students should be able to describe the impact of African American songs and writings on American culture."   Excellent

KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE – CURRICULUM UNIT                
http://www.glc.k12.ga.us/BuilderV03/LPTools/LPShared/displayunit.asp?UnitID=1438
A curriculum unit for 1st grade students introducing them to Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes five lesson plans. Excellent

LEARNING THE BLUES – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=267
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the blues. "This lesson introduces students to the blues, one of the most distinctive and influential elements of African-American musical tradition. Students take a virtual field trip to Memphis, Tennessee, one of the prominent centers of blues activities, and explore the history of the blues in the work of W. C. Handy and a variety of country blues singers whose music preserves the folk origins of this unique American art form." Excellent

LEGENDS AND LORE: UNDERSTANDING AND CREATING FOLK TALES IN THE LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSROOM – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/19990522friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students examine the folk tale genre by reading about recently discovered manuscripts of folk tales collected by Zora Neale Hurston and then by writing their own folk tales based on moral lessons."
The reading for the lesson is "The Well Untapped: Black Folk Tales of the Old South" a related article. For grades 6-12 Excellent

LESSON PLANS ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
http://www.useekufind.com/peace/lessonplans.htm
A collection of lesson plans for teaching about the Civil Rights Movement. Excellent

LESSONS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
http://www.teachkind.org/feat/bhm/index.html
"February is Black History Month, so TeachKind created several Black History Month lessons for teachers to use with students of all ages.
TeachKind’s "Civil Rights Movement" lesson teaches high school students about the nonviolent actions that were used in the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s and gives them the opportunity to use similar actions to help animals in product-testing labs today.
The "African-Americans for Animals" lesson for grades 6 through 12 and the "African-Americans for Chickens" lesson for grades K through 5 seek to help students appreciate the contributions that African-Americans have made to our society and to the animal rights movement".
Excellent

LESSONS IN COURAGE: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., ROSA PARKS AND RUBY BRIDGES – CURRICULUM UNIT
http://www.dpsk12.org/programs/almaproject/pdf/LessonsInCourage.pdf
A 61-page curriculum for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and for Black History month for 1st grade students. Concepts include: Courage, Freedom, Role Playing, Symmetry, Race, Civil Rights, Emotion(s), Segregation, Inequality/Equality, and Peace/Symbolism. Excellent

LET FREEDOM RING – THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?ID=266
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on Martin Luther King, Jr. "In this lesson, students will learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Students will listen to a brief biography, view photographs of the March on Washington, and read a portion of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. After studying King's use of imagery and allusion, students will create original poetic phrases about freedom and illustrate them with symbols representing the forms of freedom that have yet to be realized in the United States." Excellent

LYNCHING IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH – LESSON PLAN
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/US_History/USH0212.html
A
lesson plan for grades 11-12 in which students learn about the practice of lynching. "Students learn about the practice of lynching in the American South following the Civil War. Goals: To address the issue of lynching as part of a larger unit on slavery, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights movement." Excellent

THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON AND ITS IMPACT – LESSON PLAN                  

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/lessonplans/history/dream_8-20.html

A lesson plan on the March on Washington in 1963 for senior high students.  Excellent

MARCHING ON: LEARNING ABOUT THE NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20030825monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on the Civil Rights Movement. "In this lesson, students learn about the increasingly diverse civil rights movement by researching and profiling its key issues, main organizations, and top leaders." Excellent

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND ME: IDENTIFYING WITH A HERO – LESSON PLAN    

http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=257

A lesson plan for grades K-2 on Martin Luther King, Jr.  “Martin Luther King, Jr. is an American hero, a man who dared to dream. How do we help young children connect their own life experiences to those of Dr. King? This lesson explores ways to help students make connections to Dr. King through reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities that not only provide a glimpse into Dr. King’s life, but empower students to help bring Dr. King’s dream into reality. Most important, it encourages them to dream their own dreams.”  Excellent

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR AND THE POWER OF NONVIOLENCE – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=326
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on Martin Luther King, Jr. "This lesson introduces students to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy of nonviolence and the teachings of Mohandas K. Gandhi that influenced King's views. After considering the political impact of this philosophy, students explore its relevance to personal life." Excellent

METING OUT JUSTICE: EXPLORING THE MURDER OF EMMET TILL – LESSON PLAN  
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20021202monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students will learn about the murder case of Emmett Till and identify the missing pieces from the case. Through research, they will then work to fill in the gaps to create a basis for examining how justice might be served anew in this controversial murder." Excellent

MUSIC OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA 1954-1968 – CURRICULUM UNIT    

http://www.learningtogive.org/lessons/unit53/

A curriculum unit for grades 6-8 on the music of the civil rights era.  “Music played a very important role during the Civil Rights Era, 1954-68. This movement is studied in social studies with an emphasis on such people as Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Students will be introduced to the “freedom songs” and the conditions under which these songs were performed. They will learn how many slave songs, gospel songs, folk songs and labor songs were collected, adapted, and taught to young civil rights activists. These songs fostered courage, unity and hope within the Civil Rights Movement.”  Includes three lesson plans.  Excellent

 

NEGRO LEAGUE MUSEUM – LESSON PLAN             

http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Language_Arts/Writing/WCP0220.html

A lesson plan for grades 3-8 on the Negro League baseball league.Learning about history through the people who lived during an era, makes the time become real to the students studying the era. Many of today’s students when asked who the most famous baseball players are would most certainly cite many African Americans, but most are unaware that those same players would not have been allowed to play in the first half of the 20th Century. They do not know of the Jim Crow laws and the segregation that existed when their grandparents watched America’s sport. Students will engage in an in-depth study of the time of the Leagues and use their research data to create baseball cards of some of the most famous of these great players.”  Excellent

NEWSHOUR EXTRA: THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON AND ITS IMPACT – LESSON PLAN   
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/lessonplans/history/dream2_8-20.html
A lesson plan on the March on Washington with Background, Materials, Procedures, and Extension Activities. For upper elementary and up. Excellent

OF HUMAN BONDAGE: EXPLORING PERSPECTIVES ON SLAVERY DURING THE CIVIL WAR USING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SOURCES – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000622thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students explore how experiences and observations about a specific event or time period can vary greatly through discussion and research slavery during the Civil War. Students investigate, using primary and secondary sources, different perspectives on slavery from historical figures during the Civil War and write research-based narratives from the point of views of their historical figures."
For grades 6-12 Excellent

ON THE AIR: EXPLORING THE ROLES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ENTERTAINERS THROUGHOUT TELEVISION HISTORY – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20020201friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students will explore the issue of race in television since the 1950's, focusing specifically on African-American entertainers. After researching important issues, events, and television personalities of specific decades, students create "TV Guide" issues commemorating the "African-American experience" in television in those time periods."
For grades 6-12 Excellent

ORDINARY PEOPLE, ORDINARY PLACES – THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=353
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the Civil Rights Movement. "This lesson will focus on the individual men and women who embraced King’s message and advanced the Civil Rights Movement on a local level. By researching these people and the now historic places where they brought about change, students will discover how the simple act of sitting at a lunch counter in North Carolina could be considered revolutionary, and how, combined with countless other acts of nonviolent protest across the nation, it could lead to major legislation in the area of civil rights for African Americans." Excellent

PEANUTS, PECANS AND PEAS, PLEASE – LESSON PLAN
http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.cfm?lesson=EM363
A lesson plan on the discoveries of George Washington Carver. "Do you know what peanuts, pecans, and peas all have in common? They are all plants that end up feeding the soil in which they have been planted. That was new news back at the turn of the century! In this lesson you will learn how an African American scientist named George Washington Carver took that knowledge and changed the way farmers farmed." Excellent

PERSPECTIVE ON THE SLAVE NARRATIVE – LESSON PLAN                   

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=321

A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on slave narratives.  “The Narrative of William W. Brown, An American Slave (1847), along with the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845), set the pattern for the slave narrative, one of the most widely-read genres of 19th-century American literature and an important influence within the African American literary tradition.. To help students recognize the complex nature of the slave narrative and its combination of varied literary traditions and devices, this lesson explores Brown's work from a variety of perspectives. Students first consider the narrative as a historical record, examining episodes that describe the conditions Brown lived through as a slave. Next, they examine it as a work of literature, investigating the rhetorical techniques Brown uses to shape his experiences into a story. Third, students consider the work's political dimension, weighing the arguments that Brown presents as an abolitionist spokesman and the degree to which his narrative should be treated as political rhetoric. Finally, students approach the narrative as an autobiography, a work of self-actualization in which Brown charts a spiritual as well as a literal journey to freedom. To conclude the lesson, students produce an essay explaining how Brown's narrative challenged the prejudices of readers in his own time and how it challenges prejudices today.”  Excellent

PLANTATION LIFE IN THE 1840’s: A SLAVE’S DESCRIPTION – LESSON PLAN  

http://www.learnnc.org/lessons/johnschaefer962004245

A lesson plan for grades 11-12 on life on a plantation.  “Students use a primary source to investigate plantation life from the slave perspective. In addition, this first-hand account of the slave experience should foster discussions about the slave trade within the United States in the 1800s, as well as spur discussion about the abolitionist movement.”  Excellent

THE POET’S VOICE: LANGSTON HUGHES AND YOU – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=405
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on poet Langston Hughes. "But what is meant by voice in poetry, and what qualities have made the voice of Langston Hughes a favorite for so many people?" Excellent

THE POETRY OF LANGSTON HUGHES – TEACHER CYBERGUIDE                     

http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/langhu/langhutg.html

A teacher’s guide to activities on the poetry of Langston Hughes.  Contains six activities.  Excellent 

THE POETRY OF 20TH CENTURY BLACK AMERICA – CURRICULUM UNIT
http://www.cis.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1986/4/86.04.09.x.html
An examination of 20th century Black poetry through a curriculum unit for middle school students. Excellent

POLITICAL RACE: EXAMINING THE RELATION OF RACE AND ETHNICITY IN IMPORTANT POLITICAL TOPICS – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000620tuesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students explore, through discussion and research political topics and issues that often involve discussions of race or ethnicity. Students then develop campaign speeches voicing their stances on their assigned topics and explore how their racial and/ or ethnic backgrounds shape their views."
For grades 6-12 Excellent

POLL POSITIONS: EXPLORING LOCAL AND NATIONAL RESPONSES TO POLLS ABOUT RACE IN AMERICA – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000713thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students analyze and graph the results of a nationwide New York Times poll about race in the United States. Students then poll people in their community regarding their views and experiences, and compare and contrast local and national poll data in the form of graphs and a written news article."
For grades 6-12 Excellent

PROFILES IN COURAGE: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD AND THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS TRIAL – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=526
A lesson plan for grades 9-12. "Lesson One asks students to read To Kill A Mockingbird carefully with an eye for all instances and manifestations of courage, but particularly those of moral courage. Lesson Two also requires students to study select court transcripts and other primary source material from the second Scottsboro Boys Trial of 1933, a continuation of the first trial in which two young white women wrongfully accused nine African-American youths of rape. In studying the novel and court case, consider the following question:" Excellent

PROTEACHER! AFRICAN AMERICAN IN HISTORY LESSON PLANS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS
http://www.proteacher.com/090155.shtml
A page of links to lesson plans on African Americans in history. Excellent

PROUD TO BE…:EXPLORING CULTURES AND CREATING EXHIBITS FOR A CLASSROOM FAIR – LESSON PLAN                                
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20061215friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on cultures.  “In this lesson, students will define the term “culture.” They will then sketch images reflecting symbols of their respective cultures to aid in the creation of outlines for exhibits to be included in a classroom fair.”  Excellent

QUEST FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM IN A RAISIN IN THE SUN – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=449
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on The Raisin in the Sun. "In this lesson, the critical reading and analysis of the play is complemented with a close examination of biographical and historical documents that students use as the basis for creating speeches, essays and scripts. This lesson can be taught as part of a unit on American Literature and the Civil Rights Movement. It works especially well as an introduction to the EDSITEment lessons "Let Freedom Ring: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King", "Dr. King's Dream" and "Ordinary People, Ordinary Places: The Civil Rights Movement." Note: The underlined lessons are included on this list. Excellent

THE RACE TO LEARN: EXPLORING THE HISTORICAL ROLE OF RACE IN EDUCATION – LESSON PLAN  
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20030117friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on the role of race in education. "In this lesson, students will learn about the history of education and race in the United States. By researching Supreme Court cases dealing with race and education, students will examine the ways in which institutions, federal and state governments, and the legislative branch have reflected changing social and cultural norms." Excellent

RACIAL INEQUALITY: REMNANTS OF A TROUBLED TIME - LESSON PLAN    
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/racialInequality/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on racial inequality. "Students will 1/Review the ratification of the 14th Amendment and the Plessy v. Ferguson decision. 2/ Read excerpts from the Brown v. Board of Education decision and explain how it challenged the idea of "separate but equal." 3/ Investigate one of three events that tested Brown v. Board to understand the challenges of school desegregation." Excellent

RACISM: LAW AND ATTITUDE – LESSON PLAN                
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/racism/
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on racism. "Students will 1. understand the difference between de facto and de jure discrimination in the United States, and 2. understand the challenges in creating and enforcing laws that make certain racist actions and speech illegal." Excellent

RELIVING HISTORY THROUGH SLAVE NARRATIVES – LESSON PLAN    

http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/content/2358/

A lesson plan on history for grades 5-8.  “After reading narratives from former slaves that were recorded in the 1930's as part of the Federal Writers' Project, students conduct research on slavery, and tell a story based on their findings. The lesson incorporates an exploration of storytelling techniques.”  Excellent

REMEMBERING ROSA: PROFILING FIGURES IN AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS FROM 1955-68 – LESSON PLAN http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20051026wednesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on Rosa Parks and other civil rights figures. "In this lesson, students research and profile figures in American civil rights, from 1955-68, to create commemorative posters."   Excellent

REVEALING UNTOLD STORIES: EXAMINING DEPICTIONS OF SLAVERY AS PRESENTED IN A VARIETY OF TEXTS – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/19990329monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students explore how and why various historical resources present information about slavery differently. Students work in pairs to examine written texts (slave narratives, American and African history textbooks, encyclopedias, and Civil War books) to interpret the objectives, points of view, and depictions of slavery in these resources, and then write analytical reviews based on their research and interpretations of the sources."
For grades 6-12 Excellent

REVISITING "SEPARATE BUT EQUAL" – EXAMINING SCHOOL SEGREGATION 45 YEARS AFTER BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/19990614monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this two-day lesson plan, students examine the struggle for desegregation during the Civil Rights Movement and a current study that finds that American schools are reverting to segregation. On the first day, students examine the notion of 'separate but equal' by reading the New York Times front page from the Brown v. Board of Education decision and by researching different events, legislation and organizations that influenced desegregation. On the second day, students assess ways in which race relations have and have not changed since this historic decision, examine the recent 'resegregation' study, and propose suggestions for addressing the school segregation issue to local, state or national leaders."
For grades 6-12 Excellent

THE RIGHT TO REMAIN RESILIENT: EXPLORING THE ROLE OF LEGISLATION IN THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS – LESSON PLAN                    
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000114friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on civil rights for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students explore the 'civil rights movements' of a variety of different groups in the United States, investigating both historic and current efforts on the parts of these groups and their supporters to maintain what are considered to be the rights of all Americans." Excellent

RIGHTS-MINDED: INVESTIGATING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO INFLUENCED THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT – LESSON PLAN                
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20010507monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on the Civil Rights Movement. "In this lesson, students expand their knowledge and understanding about the civil rights movement by investigating the lives of some of the people who contributed to it." Excellent

RUBY BRIDGES – LESSON PLAN                      

http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/Byrnes-famous/rubybrid.html

A lesson plan for grades 2-3 on Ruby Bridges.  Excellent

SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT ON SEGREGATION: EXPLORING DIFFERING VIEWPOINTS ON THE BATTLE TO INTEGRATE AMERICA’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS – LESSON PLAN                
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000403monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on segregation for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students analyze how education in America affects it youth and the nation by assessing a variety of ways in which American courts and communities are dealing with the unanimous Supreme Court ruling to end 'separate but equal' education." Excellent

SEEING INTEGRATION FROM DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS – LESSON PLAN   

http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=816

A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on integrationThis lesson uses The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, which describes the court-ordered desegregation of an all-white school in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1960, as a basis for a Directed Reading–Thinking Activity. A prereading strategy captures students' interest using a question and a during-reading strategy focuses their attention on key ideas. Finally, a postreading group activity called The Five Decision Lenses, (adapted from Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono, Back Bay Books, 1999) uses colored glasses to encourage students to view court-ordered desegregation from different perspectives.”  Excellent

SEPARATE IS NOT EQUAL – BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION – TEACHER RESOURCE GUIDE        
http://www.trincoll.edu/depts/educ/brown/resources.htm
"This electronically-published version of A Teacher’s Guide to Brown v. Board of Education is intended to make information available to grade school and college faculty in time to prepare course work for the coming spring, when national attention will focus on the fiftieth anniversary."
Excellent

SLAVE NARRATIVES: CONSTRUCTING U.S. HISTORY THROUGH ANALYZING PRIMARY SOURCES – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=364
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on slavery. "The realities of slavery and Reconstruction hit home in poignant oral histories from the Library of Congress. In these activities, students research narratives from the Federal Writers' Project and describe the lives of former African slaves in the U.S. -- both before and after emancipation. From varied stories, students sample the breadth of individual experiences, make generalizations about the effects of slavery and Reconstruction on African Americans, and evaluate primary source documents." Excellent

SPEAK SOFT, SPEAK SURE              
http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/speak/pages/preface.htm
A teaching unit on human rights. "Speak soft, speak sure is a teaching and learning unit about tolerance using information technologies. It is designed for secondary students (13 to 18 years old) to examine values and attitudes related to human rights issues. This teaching and learning unit concentrates on prejudice and xenophobia as human rights issues."
Excellent

SPIRITUALS – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=318
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 that examines the role of spirituals in African American life. "This lesson plan introduces students to the role that spirituals have played in African American history and religion. The lesson begins with a review of factors that contributed to the development of the spiritual, which reflects the influence of African religious traditions, Christian traditions, and the conditions of slavery." Excellent

SPORTING TOLERANCE: CELEBRATING MINORITIES IN SPORTS HISTORY – LESSON PLAN     

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20060728friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on minorities in sports.  “In this lesson, students will learn about African-American baseball players from the early twentieth century. They then create collector’s cards and journal entries for minority athletes or team administrators representing a variety of sports.”  Excellent

STILL BURNING: ASSESSING JUSTICE FOR A LONG-AGO CRIME – LESSON PLAN    
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20050623thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on a recent trial for a 1964 crime. "In this lesson, students learn about an infamous 1964 crime and discuss opinions on a recent verdict in the case from different perspectives."  Excellent

TACKLING RACE ISSUES IN THE FIELD – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000703monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students explore what it means to be 'in the minority.' Students then experience what it feels to suddenly be treated differently by peers by participating in an activity in which they are 'labeled' with statements that determine how others in their groups will relate to them
.."
For grades 6-12. Excellent

THE TEACHER’S CORNER – BLACK HISTORY MONTH
http://www.theteacherscorner.net/seasonal/blkhistory/
Web resources and classroom activities for Black History Month. Excellent

TEACHING RESOURCES FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/themes/mlk.shtml
A page of links to lesson plans, units, and activities on African American history. Three sections: Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman and Misc. Black History. Excellent

TEACHING AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE IN THE 21ST  CENTURY     

http://www.phila.k12.pa.us/ll/curriculumsupport/aastudies/afr-lsns-merr.html

A collection of lesson plans for grades 5-8 on teaching African and African American history.  Excellent

 

TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS: THE AMISTAD CASE – LESSON PLAN    

http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/amistad/

A lesson plan for grade 7 and up on the Amistad case.  “In February of 1839, Portuguese slave hunters abducted a large group of Africans from Sierra Leone and shipped them to Havana, Cuba, a center for the slave trade. This abduction violated all of the treaties then in existence. Fifty-three Africans were purchased by two Spanish planters and put aboard the Cuban schooner Amistad for shipment to a Caribbean plantation. On July 1, 1839, the Africans seized the ship, killed the captain and the cook, and ordered the planters to sail to Africa. On August 24, 1839, the Amistad was seized off Long Island, NY, by the U.S. brig Washington. The planters were freed and the Africans were imprisoned in New Haven, CT, on charges of murder. Although the murder charges were dismissed, the Africans continued to be held in confinement as the focus of the case turned to salvage claims and property rights. President Van Buren was in favor of extraditing the Africans to Cuba. However, abolitionists in the North opposed extradition and raised money to defend the Africans. Claims to the Africans by the planters, the government of Spain, and the captain of the brig led the case to trial in the Federal District Court in Connecticut. The court ruled that the case fell within Federal jurisdiction and that the claims to the Africans as property were not legitimate because they were illegally held as slaves. The case went to the Supreme Court in January 1841, and former President John Quincy Adams argued the defendants' case. Adams defended the right of the accused to fight to regain their freedom. The Supreme Court decided in favor of the Africans, and 35 of them were returned to their homeland. The others died at sea or in prison while awaiting trial.”  Includes: Documents and Lesson Resources.  Excellent

TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS: AN ACT OF COURAGE: THE ARREST RECORDS OF ROSA PARKS – LESSON PLAN http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/rosa-parks/index.html
A lesson plan for grades 7 and up on the historical significance of the arrest of Rosa Parks. Includes: The Documents, Standards Correlations, Background, Teaching Activities, and Document Analysis Worksheet. Excellent

TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS: BEYOND THE PLAYING FIELD: JACKIE ROBINSON, CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATE – LESSON PLAN
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/jackie-robinson/
"The National Archives and Records Administration holds numerous records relating to Jackie Robinson, many of which pertain to his period of civil rights advocacy. Several belonging to that time have been reproduced here for educators teaching courses that involve civil rights events and issues, character education, and effective citizenship skills."
Includes Standards Correlations, Teaching Activities, Document Analysis Worksheet and Photograph Analysis Worksheet. For grades 7 and up Excellent

TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS: COURT DOCUMENTS RELATED TO MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND MEMPHIS SANITATION WORKERS – LESSON PLAN http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/memphis-v-mlk/
A lesson plan on Dr. King’s support for a strike by Memphis sanitation workers using court documents. Sections: The Documents, Standards Correlations, Teaching Activities, Document Analysis Worksheet. Excellent

TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS: DOCUMENTS RELATED TO BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION – LESSON PLAN http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/brown-v-board/
A lesson plan for grades 7 and up on the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education case. Includes: Background, The Documents, Standards Correlations, Teaching Activities, Documents Analysis Worksheet, Brown vs. Board of Education Timeline, and Biographies of Key Figures. Excellent

TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS: THE FIGHT FOR EQUAL RIGHTS: BLACK SOLDIERS IN THE CIVIL WAR – LESSON PLAN
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/blacks-civil-war/
Uses a recruiting poster from the Civil War to discuss the position of Black soldiers in the Civil War. Sections: Standards Correlations, Teaching Activities, Document Analysis Worksheet and OurDocuments.gov. For grades 7 and up. Excellent

TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS: FRONTIERS IN CIVIL RIGHTS: DOROTHY E. DAVIS, ET.AL. VS. COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD OF PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, VIRGINIA – LESSON PLAN      
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/davis-case/
A lesson plan about the fight for Civil Rights in the face of segregation. Sections: Standards Correlations, Teaching Activities, Photograph Analysis Worksheet and related lessons. For grades 7 and up Excellent

TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS: FUGITIVE FROM LABOR CASES: HENRY GARNETT (1850) AND MOSES HONNER (1860) – LESSON PLAN                
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/fugitive-cases/
A lesson plan using primary documents for grades 7 and up. "The cases of Henry Garnett and Moses Honner bookend the 1850s, a decade of intensifying political crisis that was deeply connected to the institution of slavery. In both court actions, the defendants were charged with being "fugitives from labor," but, despite numerous similarities, the outcomes of the cases were exactly opposite. " Sections: The Documents, Standards Correlations, Teaching Activities, and Document Analysis Worksheet. For grades 7 and up Excellent

TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS: THE MANY FACES OF PAUL ROBESON – LESSON PLAN      
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/robeson/
A lesson plan about Paul Robeson, an athlete, scholar, singer, and civil rights activist. Includes Standards Correlations, Teaching Activities, Photography Analysis Worksheet and more. For grades 7 and up Excellent

TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS: ORDER OF ARGUMENT IN THE CASE, BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION – LESSON PLAN                    
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/brown-case-order/
A lesson plan using primary documents for grades 7 and up. "The Supreme Court’s opinion in the Brown v. Board of Education case of 1954 legally ended decades of racial segregation in America’s public schools. Originally named after Oliver Brown, the first of many plaintiffs listed in the lower court case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS, the landmark decision actually resolved six separate segregation cases from four states, consolidated under the name Brown v. Board of Education. While the attorneys originally argued the cases on appeal to the Court in 1952, the featured document, School Segregation Cases – Order of Argument, offers a window into the three days in December of 1953 during which the attorneys reargued the cases." Sections: The Documents, Standards Correlations, Teaching Activities and Document Analysis Worksheet. Excellent

TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS: PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE 369TH INFANTRY AND AFRICAN AMERICANS DURING WORLD WAR I – LESSON PLAN http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/369th-infantry/
A lesson plan using primary documents for grades 7 and up. Uses photographs to document the activities of the highly decorated 369th Infantry and all-black infantry and the effects of the war on African Americans. Sections: The Documents, Standards Correlations, Teaching Activities and Document Analysis Worksheet. Excellent

TEACHING WITH HISTORIC PLACES – AFRICAN AMERICAN LESSON PLANS
http://www.cr.nps.gov/NR/twhp/feb00.htm
A collection of lesson plans that use historic places as a starting point for teaching African American history. The lesson plans are very thorough and bring the site into the classroom. Includes a guide to using the lessons. Each lesson includes an Inquiry Question, Maps, Readings, and Putting It All Together Activities. For grades 7 and up Excellent

TEACHING WITH HISTORIC PLACES: TWO AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS – MADAME C.J. WALKER AND J.C. PENNEY – LESSON PLAN                
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/pwwmh/lrnmore1.htm
A lesson plan for junior/senior high students. "These two historic buildings--one large and imposing, the other modest--provide insight into the characters of two of America's most famous businesspeople. Both Walker and Penney overcame great odds, and both combined a desire to serve others with great financial success." Sections: Getting Started: Inquiry Question, Setting the Stage: Historical Context, Locating the Site: Maps, Determining the Facts: Readings, Visual Evidence: Images, Putting It All Together: Activities and Supplementary Resources. Excellent

TELE-VISIONS OF RACE: EXPLORING THE PORTRAYAL OF RACE ON TELEVISION –LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000612monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students explore the topic of race as it exists in the characters, plots and settings of television shows by participating in class discussions and maintaining media logs to study some of their favorite programs."
For grades 6-12 Excellent

A TIME TO REMEMBER: STUDYING THE NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUES USING A TIME LINE – LESSON PLAN                                

http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Language_Arts/Writing/WCP0221.html

A lesson plan for grades 6-10 on the Negro Baseball Leagues.  “From the early 20th century until 1946, when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, major league baseball was segregated. The Negro Baseball Leagues were formed to let African Americans play the "All American" sport, baseball. Today, many of its players have been inducted into the Major League National Hall of Fame: Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige, and many others. With this lesson students will connect events in history to the developments of the teams and players in these Negro Leagues.”  Excellent 

URBAN LEGENDS: CONSIDERING RACIAL AND CULTURAL STEREOTYPES IN VIDEO GAMES – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20040813friday.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on racial stereotyping. "In this lesson, students consider how people of color and minority culture are represented in video games. After debating the issue as representatives of various interest groups, students reflect on their personal feelings regarding this issue." Excellent

WALT WHITMAN TO LANGSTON HUGHES: POEMS FOR A DEMOCRACY – LESSON PLAN    
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=428
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the poems of Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes. "In this lesson, students will explore the idea of "democratic poetry" by reading Whitman's words in a variety of media, examining daguerreotypes taken circa 1850, and comparing the poetic concepts and techniques behind Whitman's I Hear America Singing and Langston Hughes' Let America Be America Again. Finally, using similar poetic concepts and techniques, students will have an opportunity create a poem from material in their own experience." Excellent

WHAT’S IN A NAME: UNDERSTANDING MALCOLM X – LESSON
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/malcolmx/
Students investigate the four stages of the life of Malcolm X and how the four names he used fit those periods of his life. Excellent

"WHITEWASHING" HISTORY: EXPLORING TOPICS OF CIVIL RIGHTS FROM 1948-1964 – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20021216monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students will revisit issues of civil rights in the U.S., using the recent national discussion of retiring Senator Strom Thurmond’s 1948 Dixiecrat Presidential campaign as a starting point."
For grades 6-12 Excellent

WHO WAS CINQUE? – LESSON PLAN
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=308
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 in which students learn about the leader of the Amistad revolt. "This lesson plan focuses on Cinque, the leader of the 1839 Amistad revolt, drawing on a variety of documentary resources to examine how he was perceived by Americans on both sides of the debate over slavery." Excellent

WITH MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP: OUR JOURNEY ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD – A TEACHING PROJECT                                           

http://exchange.co-nect.net/Teleprojects/project/?pid=3

A class project in which students take on the role of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad.  “The year is 1850. The Fugitive Slave Law has just passed -- bad news for you and your small group of fellow runaways who have just managed a narrow escape from slavery in the South landing in Ripley, Ohio. Alas, you thought you would be free. Now, you're going to have to carefully navigate your way to freedom through Ohio to Canada with the help of the Underground Railroad.”  Includes: Overview, Teacher’s Guide and Student Materials, Standards, Resources, Submit Written Reports, Daily Log,  and more.  Excellent 

WORKING IT OUT: EXPLORING RACIAL DIVISIONS IN THE WORKPLACE – A SIMULATION ACTIVITY – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000616friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students participate in a simulation in which they are arbitrarily assigned different work roles (cleaners, line workers and supervisors) and compare their experiences to those discussed in a New York Times article about the racial divisions that exist among work tasks in a pork production plant."
For grades 6-12 Excellent

YOUTH GROUPS: EXAMINING THE IMPACT AND EFFECTS OF RACE DURING ADOLESCENCE – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000626monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students explore the impact and effects of race identity during adolescence by discussing their perceptions of race and by conducting an observation-based study of the ways in which students choose to group themselves in their school with particular attention to race."
For grades 6-12 Excellent

1856-1865 – ABOLITIONISTS AND THE CIVIL WAR – LESSON PLAN       

http://www.learningtogive.org/lessons/unit166/lesson4.html

A lesson plan on abolitionists for grades 6-8.  “Using literature and research, learners will identify acts of philanthropy that occurred during the Civil War era.”  Very Good

THE ABC’S OF BLACK HISTORY – A POP-UP BOOK – LESSON PLAN            
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/Multicultural_Education/MUL0203.html

A lesson plan for grades 3-8. Consists of a 14 day plan for students to create a pop-up book about Black History. Very Good

AFRICAN AMERICANS THEME UNIT             

http://www.theteachersguide.com/BlackHistoryMonth.html

A teaching unit on Black History adaptable for several grade levels.  Very Good

 

BLACK AND WHITE IN UNITED STATES HISTORY: A GRAY AREA – COMPARING OLD AND NEW ACCOUNTS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON’S LIFE – LESSON PLAN                
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/19981116monday.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students evaluate the responsibilities of history textbooks in reporting on historical events, people, and eras and investigate how new information can and should be added to these texts. Students compare and contrast various textbook articles about Thomas Jefferson, discuss the new-found DNA evidence that Jefferson fathered children with one of his slaves, and write additions to current American history textbooks so that they 'include' this recently-proven historic information." Very Good

THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT – A WEB PROJECT http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSCICivilRightsMovementWebProjectHS.htm
A lesson plan for high school students on the Civil Rights Movement. Note: Neither of the links on this page worked. Very Good

CIVIL RIGHTS TIMELINE – LESSON PLAN                

http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/01-1/lp221_01.shtml

A lesson plan for grades 6-12 in which students create a timeline of the Civil Rights Movement.  Very Good

 

ENVISIONING EQUALITY – LESSON PLAN                            

http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/envisioningEquality/

A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on civil rights.  “Students will: - Identify important civil rights leaders. – Describe the life and legacy of a particular civil rights leader.”  Very Good

EXPLORING THE POWER OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’S WORDS THROUGH DIAMANTE POETRY – LESSON PLAN                    
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=258
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 using the speeches of Dr. King as a basis for their poems. "Students read (and listen or view, if resources and time allow) and pay close attention to King’s use of literary devices, such as symbol and repetition, and analyze King's definitions of freedom, justice, discrimination, and dreams as demonstrated by the examples and details in his "I Have a Dream" speech. After a thorough exploration of the power of the speech, students choose powerful words and themes from the text and arrange them into original diamante poems, seven-line, diamond-shaped poems based on contrasting words." Very Good

FAMOUS AFRICAN AMERICANS – LESSON PLAN
http://www.alfy.com/teachers/teach/lesson_builder/overView.asp?LessonId=236&saveVal=yes
A lesson plan for grades 4-6 on famous African Americans in which students research a person and write an essay about their life. Very Good

FROM JIM CROW TO LINDA BROWN: A RETROSPECTIVE OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE FROM 1897 TO 1953 – LESSON PLAN
http://learning.loc.gov/learn/lessons/97/crow/crowhome.html
Detailed lesson plan on life for African Americans under Jim Crow laws and the changes between then and the 1950s. "After completing a study of Plessy v. Ferguson (1897), students will simulate the Afro-American Council Meeting in 1898 using African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A.P.Murray Collection, 1818-1907. This will be followed by an exploration of resources in American Memory and other classroom materials. The unit culminating activity is the creation of a similar meeting of the Afro-American Council prior to the Brown case in 1954." Very Good

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER AND SHARING – LESSON PLAN       

http://www.learningtogive.org/lessons/unit63/lesson10.html

A lesson plan on George Washington Carver for grades K-2.  “Students will experience a piece of literature that introduces a famous African-American and his contributions to science. Students will gain an understanding of famous people of the past and the importance of their actions on citizenship.”  Very Good 

HARRIET TUBMAN CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES – LESSON PLANS
http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/tubman/class.htm
Lesson plans and classroom activities for the study of Black History and Harriet Tubman. Very Good

HEROES OF HARLEM – LEARNING ABOUT THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20020816friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
"In this lesson, students learn about the artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Their research culminates in a Harlem Renaissance Fair celebrating the movement's cultural and artistic contributions to society."
For grades 6-12 Very Good

THE HUGHES AND BLUES PROJECT – UNIT                
http://www.milforded.org/schools/foran/turtola/hughesblues.html
A unit of study on blues music and Langston Hughes. "During the course of the unit, students will:●  develop an understanding of the historical roots and basic elements of the blues; ● recognize the blues as an important expression of African-American culture; ●  examine the relationship between the blues and the poetry of Langston Hughes; ●  explore the question of whether one ethnic group can write accurately and honestly about another." Includes 4 assignments. Very Good

LANGSTON HUGHES AND THE INFLUENCE OF HIS POETRY – LESSON PLAN            
http://www.lessonplanspage.com/LASSBlackHistoryLangstonHughesPoetryAffectedHistory1112.htm
A lesson plan for grades 11-12 on the works of Langston Hughes. Students will read and discuss Hughes’ works. Very Good

LIFT EVERY VOICE: CELEBRATING AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH – TEACHING MATERIALS     
http://www.menc.org/guides/aahistory/AfricanAmericanHistory.html
Teaching African American history through music. Includes Online Teaching Materials and Links. Very Good

A LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM: FANNY LOU HAMER – PLAY        
http://teacher.scholastic.com/researchtools/articlearchives/honormlk/freedom.htm
A play for elementary students to perform in class. Very Good

SOCIAL ACTIVISM IN THE UNITED STATES – LESSON PLAN            
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/socialActivism/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the social activism of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. "Students willReview some of the turbulent events that affected the United States during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s.  Read a newspaper article that reported a significant event during this era. Write a summary of the event." Very Good

UNITS ON AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE –THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
http://www.courses.dsu.edu/eled360/publish/wendys.htm
A multi-lesson unit on the Underground Railroad. Very Good

U.S. CIVIL RIGHTS UNIT PLAN                    
http://ted.coe.wayne.edu/sse/units/civil.htm
A curriculum unit for grades 10-12 on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Provides a plan for 16 days for the unit. Very Good

A WALK THROUGH HISTORY – IN HONOR OF BLACK AMERICANS – LESSON PLAN
http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSLABlackHistoryMonth59.html
A lesson plan for intermediate students in which students research a famous African American and then create a monument to the person they have chosen. At the end of the period, the student will take a monument "walk". Note: Several of the links were outdated. Very Good

WOMEN AND MEN IN THE FREEDMEN’S AID MOVEMENT – LESSON PLAN         NEW URL!
http://womhist.alexanderstreet.com/teacher/aid.htm
A lesson plan for senior high students on the role of women assisting freed slaves. "To explore the differences in opinion between women active in the freedmen's aid movement and male officials in the Freedman's Aid Commission; to discuss differing approaches to Reconstruction." Very Good

AFRICAN AMERICAN SCIENTISTS – LESSON PLAN        
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/lessons/africansci/
A lesson plan for teachers for teaching about African American scientists. For grades 5-8. Good

A BLACK HISTORY INTERNET SCAVENGER HUNT        
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson052.shtml
Teachers can print out the list of questions for students to research on the Internet. Includes an answer key to print out. Good

JACOB LAWRENCE’S STYLE – LESSON PLAN                      

http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Interdisciplinary/INT0009.html

 A lesson plan for grades 3-6 on African American artist Jacob Lawrence.  “Jacob Lawrence, a renowned African American artist, has revealed his distinct experiences through his work. Through his biographical paintings, he has conveyed his feelings of what it means to be black in America. This lesson, based on the work of Jacob Lawrence, provides the students the experience of creating a biographical painting of an event in African American history.” Good

 

LESSON PLANS FROM THE ROCK AND ROLL MUSEUM        
http://www.rockhall.com/programs/plans.asp
A page of lesson plans from the Rock and Roll Museum. Lesson 1: Keep on Pushing: Popular Music and the Civil Rights Movement Lesson 2: Langston Hughes and the Blues 3.Life Under Apartheid Lesson 19:Rhythmic, Lyrical Protests of the African American. Good

WEBQUESTS

ALL ABOARD! A WEBQUEST FOR EIGHTH GRADE (THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD)       

http://www.catawba.k12.nc.us/webquest/harris/

A webquest on the Underground Railroad for 8th grade students.  “Harriet Tubman has asked for your help in protecting escaping slaves in your home.  You  must become familiar with all perspectives of the Underground Railroad in order to prepare for this endeavor. 

When  Harriet Tubman returns, you must present her with:

(1) journal entries (word processed with graphics) that reflect your background knowledge and the obstacles you might encounter as part of the underground railroad

(2) a safe house floor plan with narrative description (computer generated)

(3)a bounty poster for yourself as a conductor or an abolitionist poster trying to prevent recapture of escaped slaves (computer generated)”  Excellent

THE AMISTAD CASE: A MOCK TRIAL – WEBQUEST
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/hoover/amistad/
Students research the Amistad case in which slaves mutinied and attempted to take the ship back to Africa. Students will take on the roles of Courtroom Officials, Lawyers, Reporters and Africans and conduct a mock trial. Excellent

BLACK SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS WEBQUEST
http://teach.fcps.net/Webquests/Black%20Scientists%20&%20Inventors/Black%20Scientists%20&%20Inventors.htm
A webquest on Black scientists and engineers. "Using one of the following points, create a presentation (PowerPoint, HyperStudio, Poem, Speech, or Story) to share with your classmates: Imagine what the world would be like without black inventors and engineers. (We will assume that no other race invented what these inventors or engineers have created).   How would your daily life be different than what it is like today?  Use at least 25 engineers and/or inventors." Note: We found one broken link on this site. Excellent

BLACK WINGS WINNERS – WEBQUEST            
http://www.nasm.si.edu/interact/blackwings/hstudent/webquest.html
A webquest for grades 4-12 on Black aviation pioneers. "For this WebQuest, you will take the role of student scholar, writer, and publisher. Here’s the scenario: You have been commissioned (hired) by the National Air and Space Museum to create Black Wings Winners, a publication for students. The purpose of the publication is to build kids’ interest in the pioneers of African American aviation and help kids learn about all the methods African Americans used to help them succeed as flyers. The National Air and Space Museum could have hired an adult to write this booklet, but they didn’t. They've come to you because they know you can choose images and provide information that other students your age will really care about." Excellent

THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT – WEBQUEST            
http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/aflonacher/WQ/civilrightswq.htm
A webquest on the Civil Rights Movement for grades 9-12. "Your task has four parts to it. First, you need to get into groups of 6. In these groups you and your members need to determine your roles. The roles are 2 TV Reporters, Camera person, and Civil Rights Activist and 2 witness to the event. After you carefully and critically research a particular event of this time period, your group will put together a news cast(i.e. NBC Nightly News or something like Crossfire, Tim Russart: Meet The Press). The camera person will have to switch and become Second, after the class has presented their broadcast, you and your group will be given the chance to compare and contrast the different methods used by the various Civil Rights Activists.Third, the last assignment of this project to to take on the role of the observer. After watching these newscast, I want you to write a letter to one of the Civil Rights Activist discussing why you support their movement. This part of the project is individual and will be graded by a survey provided by me.Fourth , Before you begin there are some important words that you will have to define before you begin you research and start your broadcast. Define the follow words and then hand them it to the teacher to be checked off. 1) boycott- 2)segregation- 3)Jim Crow Laws- 4) Give a brief summary of the 13th, 14th, and 15th,and 24th Amendments: 5) Sit-In" Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site. Excellent

CIVIL RIGHTS WEBQUEST                
http://www.milton.k12.vt.us/WebQuests/GFurlong/civil_rights_webquest.htm
A webquest on the Civil Rights Movement for grades 6 and up. "This WebQuest was designed as part of a Milton Town School District Technology Challenge Grant. The Civil Rights movement is an important part of the study of United States History. With the advent of the Internet and World Wide Web a whole new avenue of learning has become available to students. The Civil Rights movement is a particularly rich area for resources on the Internet. This WebQuest was designed to take advantage of Internet resources and allow students to explore the Civil Rights movement independently.  The name of Martin Luther King Jr. is synonymous with the Civil Rights movement. However, the movement involved many events, people, and locations and the fight for Civil Rights took place over more than 100 years. The sacrifices of many people in the movement may be largely unnoticed and to a certain extent the movement continues today. The goal of the WebQuest is to assist students in gaining a better understanding of the breadth and depth of the Civil Rights movement." Note: We found some broken links on this site. You’ll want to add your own. Excellent

CIVIL RIGHTS WEBQUEST                
http://www.pekinhigh.net/classroom_links/social/owens/civil%20rights%20main.htm
A webquest for senior high students on civil rights. "Each day you will be spending time researching various aspects of the Civil Rights Movement. For each item that is on that day's webpage, you are to answer the questions listed below it on your own sheet of paper after reading the related information that is linked to that item. Day 1 will emphasize the important people of the movement. Day 2 will focus on the historical events of the era. Day 3 will then focus on the specific groups. Day 4 will emphasize governmental actions during this time period." Excellent

COLOUR MY WORLD – WEBQUEST                

http://www.flanaganhighschool.com/~falconlit/webquest/harlem/pandr.htm

A webquest for high school students on the Harlem Renaissance.  In this WebQuest you will be working together with a group of students in class. Each group will answer the Task or Quest(ion). As a member of the group you will explore Webpages from people all over the world who care about the Harlem Renaissance. Because these are real Webpages we're tapping into, not things made just for schools, the reading level might challenge you. Feel free to use the online Webster dictionary or one in your classroom.”  Excellent

 

EXHIBIT YOUR KNOWLEDGE: EXPLORING THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE – WEBQUEST   

http://webquest.org/questgarden/lessons/07443-051102123025/index.htm

A webquest for grades 11-12 on the Harlem Renaissance.  “This WebQuest is designed to help students research the artistic contributions that arose from the African American community during the Harlem Renaissance. The students will do collaborative research to design a museum exhibit. They will gather information on various artistic aspects, then create a blueprint design for the exhibit. The exhibit must commemorate musicians, painters and writers. Finally, they will compose a collaborative defense for their design and inclusion of artifacts.”  Excellent

FAMOUS AFRICAN AMERICANS WEBQUEST            
http://www.d23.org/ike/BlackHistory/
A webquest for 5th grade students on Black History. "THE TASK - You and a partner will research a famous African-American of your choice within an assigned category. You will present the information to your classmates in an interesting and informative way.  You and your partner will then create game cards to add into a class trivia game.  When all of the class have presented their biographies and have written their game cards, your teacher will be thrilled to have a new Black History trivia game. Your teacher will so happy that he or she will surely let the class play the game!  Have fun while you learn a lot about some of the famous African-Americans that helped shaped America!" Excellent

FAMOUS AFRICAN AMERICANS – WEBQUEST
http://www.hazelwood.k12.mo.us/~cdavis01/webquests/pbw/
A webquest on famous African Americans. "Using the suggested resources, you will have the opportunity and mission to learn about the lives and contributions of famous African Americans. Visit the Internet sites and read the biographies in the suggested written resources. Study the lives of at least three famous African Americans in three different areas of recognition, i.e., artists, musicians, scientists, athletes, authors, political leaders, etc. After your research, you will complete three of the following assignments: Write a one-page biographical sketch of the famous person and illustrate it. Design a book cover of a biography illustrating the life and contribution of the famous person. Nominate a famous person for a commemorative stamp, and write a persuasive essay about the famous person's contributions and state why the person should be on the stamp. Draw the stamp. Create a timeline of the famous person's life. Write three journal entries for each famous person chosen. Create a ten card Hyperstudio stack depicting one of the famous person's life.Give an oral presentation describing your life as if you were the famous person. Create a diorama which shows the person's life and surroundings. Representing the famous African American of your study, have another student interview you for a newspaper article or a television interview. Prepare for the interview by writing questions that you would like to be asked. Draw a poster illustrating the life of one of the people you chose." Excellent

FROM AFRICA TO SLAVERY – WEBQUEST
http://www.hazelwood.k12.mo.us/~cdavis01/webquests/jrw/
"This Web Quest will examine the beginning of slavery in America and how it flourished before the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. It will also trace the route by which most captured Africans took as they were being brought to America. The web sites you visit will help you examine and trace the origin of the captured Africans and other notable African Americans."
Excellent

GET ON BOARD! – A WEBQUEST ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
http://www.manteno.k12.il.us/webquest/middle/SocialScience/UndergroundRR/mywebquest.htm
A webquest for middle school students on the Underground Railroad. "The poster above is already on the streets and nailed to trees along the roadways throughout the South. You and your friends left in the middle of the night. Your only plan was to follow the North Star. A Quaker family who lived near the plantation gave you directions to a safe house or "station" on the Underground Railroad. After traveling all night through the woods, you have safely reached the house. A single candle in the window is your signal that it is safe to approach the house. The Quaker family hid you in a fake closet in their kitchen. You are afraid to continue but terrified to go back. Where will you go on this Underground Railroad? What dangers lie ahead? How will you know where to go? How will you know when it's safe to travel on? Your journey has just begun." Excellent

 

A HARLEM RENAISSANCE WEBQUEST                     

http://education.iupui.edu/webquests/harlem/index.htm

A webquest for middle school students on the Harlem Renaissance.  “The Harlem Renaissance is a period in African-American history that was full of innovation and change for many African-Americans.  Many events during the Harlem Renaissance have influenced and affected the lives of many today.  The Harlem Renaissance was a time of fun and expression.  Although the renaissance was over 70 years ago, this virtual tour will allow you to see and hear the sights and sounds of Harlem in the 1920's and 30's and you will experience a place where the people beamed with pride and celebrated their heritage and culture.”  Excellent

 

THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE: A WEBQUEST                       

http://www.mshogue.com/English_11/Harlem/wq.htm

A webquest for junior/senior high students on the Harlem Renaissance.  “”For this Web Quest, you will be visiting a number of web sites to learn about the Harlem Renaissance so that you can create a brochure for the tour you are leading. As a tour guide, you are an expert on this cultural period in history. Part of your job is also to read a poem to your tour group (played by your class).”  Excellent 

THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE WEBQUEST                

http://webinstituteforteachers.org/~ceestelle/webquests.html

A webquest for grades 4-6 on the Harlem Renaissance.  “The Harlem Renaissance was a very important period in African American history.  It was a time when  African American literature and the arts were taken seriously by the entire country.

The Harlem Renaissance began in the Manhattan, New York neighborhood of Harlem in the 1920's.  It was a community of African American artists who came together to have fun and to celebrate their heritage and culture.

You will now enter a "Time Machine" which will take you back 80 years to the Harlem  Renaissance.  Once there, you will mingle among famous African American writers, poets, musicians, dancers, painters and sculptors and experience the pride and accomplishments they felt.”  We found a couple of broken links.  Excellent

 

HARRIET TUBMAN AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD – WEBQUEST   

http://www.manteno.k12.il.us/webquest/middle/SocialScience/HarretTubman/tubtrain.htm
A webquest for middle school students on Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.  "Choo!  Choo! All aboard for the ride of Harriet's life!  Harriet Tubman was born a slave, and she remained a slave until she rose up and decided to fight against slavery.  A determined woman, Harriet decided it was time that she fight for freedom.  That is exactly what she did, and Harriet began the long road to freedom by starting her journey on the Underground Railroad.  Join me on a "mission" to find out more about Harriet Tubman's heroic battle against slavery!!"  Excellent

HOW SHOULD THEY BE REMEMBERED? EVALUATING THE LIVES AND LEGACIES OF BOOKER T. WASHINGTON AND W.E.B. DUBOIS – WEBQUEST
http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/remember/
A webquest for grades 9-12 on Washington and Dubois. "A wall in your school has been set aside for a mural depicting famous African-American educators from the turn of the twentieth century. After careful consideration, a committee of parents, teachers, staff, and students has decided that the mural should focus on the work of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Your group is one of several groups who have been asked to (i) conduct research on Washington and DuBois, (ii) prepare a mock up of the mural, and prepare an (iii) oral and (iv)written presentation to the mural committee explaining your design. Keep in mind that the mural committee is looking for more than portraits of the two men. They are looking for a design that illustrates the ideas these men came to represent. You should also note that you may choose to portray only one of these two men in your mural if you think either of them is unworthy of being commemorated in the mural. If your group chooses this option, you must explain in both the written and oral presentations why you chose not to portray both men. In your rationale for including only one, you must make it clear that you understand the goals of both men." Excellent

THE IMPACT OF JIM CROW – WEBQUEST
http://www.davison.k12.mi.us/dhs/staff/hewitt/jimcrow.htm
A webquest for 10th grade students on the impact of Jim Crow laws. "It's 1902, and your hometown of Smallville, Alabama, like other surrounding cities and towns, has affirmed and entrenched Jim Crow laws into the culture and laws of the town. You have decided to form a task force to end the segregational practices and to begin to unify the south. You and your task force (give it a great name!) must educate yourselves about the extent of the laws, and the impact of the laws on the lives of both whites and black residents." Excellent

JACOB LAWRENCE: EXPLORING STORIES – WEBQUESTS                      

http://www.whitney.org/jacoblawrence/resources/webqst_index.html

An online exhibit from the Whitney Museum on artist Jacob Lawrence.  Includes information on his life and works, views of his works, and learning opportunities including webquests and lesson plans.  A huge site.  Outstanding.  Excellent – SEE WEBSITES FOR FULL SITE INFO

 

JIM CROW SOUTH – WEBQUEST                      

http://campus.lakeforest.edu/~ragland/tmijajlovic/JimCrowSouth.html

A webquest for 9th grade students on the Jim Crow laws.  “In the novel, Black Boy, you were briefly introduced to Jim Crow Laws.  You will now investigate further on these laws and the people who were affected by the laws.  You will work in teams of three to explore various website that will help you gain a better understanding of the Jim Crow.   Each one of you will take on the role of a historical detective searching for information on the Jim Crow South.  You will be examining actual Jim Crow Laws, listening to interviews of African-Americans who were directly affected by the restriction set on African Americans, and reading the stories of individuals who overcame the odds and resisted Jim Crow Laws.  Your mission as historical detectives is to uncover what it was really like to be black during a time of extreme racism and segregation, and to make an emotional connection to the lives of African Americans.”  Excellent

LANGSTON HUGHES MONUMENT – WEBQUEST                    
http://webquest.org/questgarden/lessons/01926-050917120247/index.htm
A webquest for middle school students on Langston Hughes. "You have been appointed to a committee that is building a monument to honor Langston Hughes. As member of the committee you need to understand who Langston Hughes was and why he is deserving of a statue. You will need to prepare a timeline outlining his life and create a model or picture of the statue." Excellent

A LESSON IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE – WEBQUEST
http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/civildisobedience/
A webquest for middle school students on civil disobedience. "As you look for the right way to attack this problem, there will be a few things that you will be responsible for individually: • Researching the definition of Civil Disobedience and come up with a working definition for our class • Taking different roles and analyzing the different types of civil disobedience throughout history. • Writing your own strategy for conquering their problem, using the tactics and ideals of the time or person that they researched. • Reporting back to the group to discuss the pros and cons of the method of civil disobedience you researched. • After you have completed your individual assignments, your group will responsible for: • Discussing the different elements of civil disobedience and come up with one plan of attack. You will then write this plan in an organized fashion. •Discussing the consequences of their group's actions. (Whether or not it will work, and or if you will get arrested, etc.) You will then write a newspaper article describing your acts of civil disobedience and the consequences of those actions. •Presenting your findings, plan of attack, and consequences." The roles: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, Gandhi, and American Colonists. Excellent

RAILROADS AND AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE – WEBQUEST            
http://webinstituteforteachers.org/~rwbrowne/afroamericanrails.html
A webquest for high school students on the history of railroads and the role African Americans played. Students break into groups and research African American inventors whose inventions related to the railroads or labor relations and African American railroad workers. Excellent

RENAISSANCE ERAS: COMPARING THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE AND THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE – WEBQUEST http://mhsweb.ci.manchester.ct.us/Library/webquests/rencompare.htm
A webquest for senior high students on the Renaissance. "The word renaissance means "rebirth". Why does the word renaissance describe the period of the 1920s for the black community living in Harlem? There is another period in history known as the Renaissance. The Italian Renaissance is a period of time from 1400 to 1600 where a rebirth of culture occurred. Using information you have found conducting research on the Internet or in the library, compare the Harlem Renaissance with the Italian and European Renaissance." Excellent

A STUDY OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AS SEEN IN RICHARD WRIGHT’S “BLACK BOY” – WEBQUEST                                     

http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/plegal/tips/t3prod/larsonwq1.html

A webquest for senior high students on discrimination.  “You have a very stressful job as a business consultant for a prosperous company in New York City where you identify problems that negatively affect their business and ways they can improve their businesses.  In your free time you have been reading Richard Wright’s, Black Boy.   Due to your interest in the book, you have wanted to do some research into racial discrimination of Richard Wright’s time, but you haven’t had the time.  

One night after reading the book, you fall into a deep dream and wake up to find that the year is 1904 and you are in Alabama.  The Better Business Bureau of the Southern States of America has just hired you as a consultant.  The Bureau is concerned because thousands of African Americans are moving north and leaving the south with fewer workers and lower state revenues.  Your job is to identify and gather evidence of the factors that are causing this migration, evaluate the existing policies that address this problem, develop solutions for the problem, and identify the best solution for the problem.  This is your chance to get to do the research about racial discrimination in the late 1800’s to mid 1900s.”  Excellent

"THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD": A WEBQUEST ABOUT AUTHOR’S CHOICE – WEBQUEST   
http://mciu.org/~spjvweb/hurston2.html
A
webquest for senior high students using Zora Neale Hurston’s "Their Eyes Were Watching God". "Published in 1937, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, the first female novel of affirmation, is now considered an American classic. Hurston presents Janie's quest for identity and her search for love in racist and sexist society, integrating southern Black dialect, metaphoric language, and elements of the oral tradition.  In archetypal tradition, Hurston incorporates structures of myth and allegory in her novel. An ethnographer/folklorist as well as a writer, Hurston's work is rich with the culture and language of the Southern black folk traditon.  In this project you will explore these rich traditions and you will analyze Hurston's literary work." Includes an extensive list of links. Excellent

TUSKEGEE TRAGEDY – A WEBQUEST EXPLORING THE POWERFUL AND THEIR VICTIMS – WEBQUEST
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/BHM/tuskegee_quest.html
A webquest on the Tuskegee Study for high school students. "Instead of looking at the Tuskegee Study and saying, "That was bad," if we are to really learn from the experience and avoid things like it in the future, we must be clear about what made the Tuskegee Study so tragic. To gain this understanding, you and a team of fellow students will look at several aspects of the Tuskegee Study and then turn your focus to other topics that have been compared to it. Your task is to thoroughly understand key issues involved in the Study, analyze articles that compare other tragedies to the Tuskegee Study, and, finally, write your critiques to the authors of the articles." Excellent

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - A WEBQUEST               

http://www.cortlandschools.org/buildings/smith/library/UndergroundRailroadWebQuest.htm

A webquest for middle school students on the Underground Railroad.  “You and your partner will read two books. You will first read Follow the Drinking Gourd  by Janette Winter and answer some questions about the story. Next, you will read Who Was Harriet Tubman? by Yona Zeldis McDonough, and summarize each chapter. In addition, you will learn the meanings behind the quilt squares that were used by the escaped slaves and develop an understanding of how the quilt squares were used to communicate the routes to freedom. As a final product, you will create a poster that will demonstrate what you have learned about Harriet Tubman.”  Excellent

 

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD WEBQUEST                  

http://www.edci.purdue.edu/vanfossen/ugrr.html

A webquest on the Underground Railroad for junior/senior high students.  “By the time you are done with this quest you will have:  ● a greater knowledge of the Underground Railroad as a national institution ● the ability to describe the various routes taken by escaped slaves, the methods used to camouflage their esacpes and some famous ‘stations’ on the UGRR ● followed a modern-day recreation of the UGRR ● written a description of various Indiana routes on the UGRR, including one famous ‘station’ in Indiana ● work in pairs to make a map that indicates where an escaped slave might have traveled in Indiana.”  Excellent

WEBQUEST ON FREEDMAN’S VILLAGE                
http://www.arlingtonblackheritage.org/lessonplans/webquest/fvwebqust.htm
A webquest for middle school students and up. "Students will work in pairs to gather information from various books, primary documents, articles and on-line resources about this particular camp for newly freed slaves in Arlington Virginia. After studying the documents and images of the camp you are to work together to prepare a newsletter in Microsoft Publisher to publicize to the people of Boston the needs of the villagers, what the federal government is doing to help take care of these needs and what specifically the people of Boston can and should do to help the citizens of Freedman's Village in Arlington Virginia." Excellent

AFRICAN AMERICAN ACHIEVERS – WEBQUEST            
http://teach.fcps.net/trt10/Webquests/AAachievers.htm
A webquest on African Americans for middle school students. "Your task is to generate a list of African-American men and women (historical figures) whose achievements came in the areas/categories listed below: Politics ● Sports ● Science ● Military ● Literature ● TV/Stage/Acting ● Music/Dance ● Business ● Kentuckians ● Lexingtonian ● Women" Note: We found some broken links on this site. Very Good

BLACK HISTORY MONTH WEBQUEST        
http://teach.fcps.net/trt10/Webquests/blkhist.htm
A webquest for Black History Month. ""Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month." What you might not know is that black history had barely begun to be studied—or even documented—when the tradition originated. Although blacks have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in the history books."--Infoplease.com Black  History Month  As a part of this webquest you will choose an African American who has made a made a significant contribution to the quality of life and learn about him/her." Note: We found one broken link on this site. Very Good

BLACK HISTORY PROJECT WEBQUEST
http://www.socs.k12.in.us/schools/ovms/kbenton/blackhistorypage1.html
A webquest for middle school/junior high students on Black History. "For this project you are required to complete the following tasks:  read a book thatcorrelates with this research project and complete a novel evaluation form,keep a journal describing information learned from the websites visited,compile information and create a power point presentation that you willgive in class.  You will be working in groups of three, however youare each required to complete a journal and to read and independent novel. You may complete the power point presentation together." Note: We found a few broken links on this site. Very Good

"’CAUSE THEY DON’T LOOK LIKE YOU" – A STUDY OF INTOLERANCE IN AMERICA – WEBQUEST   
http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/hlynch/ToleranceWebQuest/tolerancewebqst.htm
A webquest for grades 4-5 on intolerance. "Mr. and Mrs. Stanford are not unique in their experience. Throughout American history and every day in every part of our country, people have been and continue to be mistreated because they are different. It can be the way they dress, the color of their skin, their religion, the way they talk or walk, because they are thought to be not smart enough or too smart, because they're too fat or too thin, too tall or too short....for any reason that may cause others to view them as different.
You are about to embark on a very important journey. Our class will be investigating several incidences of intolerance, discrimination, and prejudice in America, past and present. The President has appointed us as leaders of the Committee to End Intolerance in America. Our job will be to research examples of intolerance in American history, celebrate individuals in history who have fought for justice and equality for all people, and develop ideas for promoting tolerance and acceptance of others."
Note: None of the few links in this webquest worked but you can substitute your own. Very Good

CIVIL RIGHTS TIMELINE PROJECT – WEBQUEST            
http://students.educ.drake.edu/~adamisrael/israel_WQfolder_civil%20rights.htm
A webquest on civil rights for grade 11. "This lesson is for 11th grade U.S. History students. This lesson is an intellectually stimulating lesson about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The lesson has a good amount of mature material that deals with difficult isues. This lesson is only for students who can discuss challenging issues. There will be Social Studies Standards met. For example:
Curriculum Standards The student will be able to create a timeline of a major Civil Rights Leader. They will be able to create and explain the historical events that take place in that leader's life. There will be a presentation of the different events accompanied by a detailed explanation. Students will describe the differences between Blacks and Whites and the struggle for equality. The students will be able to explain the major conflicts between the Blacks and the Whites during the Civil Rights Movement in chronological order."
Very Good

LICK’EM, STICK’EM AND LEARN- BLACK HISTORY MONTH WEBQUEST        
http://www.rblewis.net/technology/EDU506/WebQuests/stamps/stamps.html
A webquest for grades 6-8 on Black History. "For Black History Month, the eighth grade class will be studying African Americans who have been honored on United States postage stamps.  They will also collect stamps featuring African Americans and prepare a scrapbook for the upcoming open house. The class will choose someone they feel is worthy of being honored on a stamp and prepare a portfolio.  You have been chosen to make a presentation on behalf of the class to the United States Post Office." Very Good

SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH: AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC WEBQUEST            
http://www.manteno.k12.il.us/webquest/high/Other/AfricanAmericanMusicHistory/searchin.htm
A webquest for high school students on African American music. "African-American music is very universal, but it appears to be dying; the music industry needs your help. The President has commissioned The Museum Of Music and Art to create a display showing how African-American music has played a part in history, for Music History Month. The director of the museum is asking for your input." Very Good

UNDERGROUND TO CANADA – WEBQUEST              NEW URL!
http://www.saskschools.ca/~lumsdenel/undergroundtocanada/index.htm
 

A webquest on the Underground Railroad for 9th grade students.  Includes 6 tasks such as creating a movie poster, investigating slave life, etc.  Very Good

THE UNITED STATES: LAND OF THE FREE? – WEBQUEST
http://webquests.esu7.org/wq04/
A webquest on slavery for grades 6-7. "Your class will be divided into groups of four. As a group, you will then need to decide on the division of roles. After each member has his or her role, he or she will need to research the respective information, as stated in "The Process" section of this webquest. Once the research is completed by each member, the group will need to collect the documents into one collective portfolio. After each role is shared with the rest of the group, the group members should begin writing the skit, using information gained from each role. This skit will be presented to the rest of the class for the final project." Note: We found some broken links on this site. Very Good

WEBQUEST: ARE ALL MEN CREATED EQUAL..?            
http://kathyschrock.net/webquests/LAMB/
A webquest for grade 6 and up on human rights. "Using the suggested resources, you will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the experiences of the Cherokee, Japanese, and African-American people during their times of struggle. Visit the suggested internet sites and read both nonfiction and fiction accounts of the people and events. Travel back in time and imagine yourself and your family as members of one of these groups of people; complete one of the following assignments: ● You are forced to leave your home because of who you are - write a minimum of three journal entries describing your departure, journey and arrival in a new place. ● Write a letter to the President suggesting that what is going on is unfair and arguing for equal rights for your people. ● You are the editor o f a newspaper. Write an editorial describing how intolerance led to the mistreatment of your people. Include suggestions of alternative solutions to the problems. ● As a witness to the events during one of these time periods, write a poem describing the scene: what you see, how you feel and what you are thinking." Very Good

AFRICAN-AMERICAN INVENTORS WEBQUEST            
http://www.memphis-schools.k12.tn.us/schools/ibwells.aca/ami.html
A webquest on African American inventors for middle school students. "Mrs. Haney, a television producer, has been given the task of creating a mini-series for Black History Month. She has hired you, as part of a team of researchers and writers, to create a program on a famous African-American inventor. Your team has a deadline of two weeks to be ready to tape your program." Note: All the links on this site were broken. Add your own. Good

AFRICAN AMERICANS AND WOMEN OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR – WEBQUEST
http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/tosborne/web_quest.htm
A webquest focusing on the roles of African Americans and women in the Revolutionary War. "The student will understand the difficulties of being an Afro American and a woman during the Revolutionary War. The student will understand the sacrifices that women and Blacks endured during the war effort. The student will write a summary of the contributions made by one women and by one Afro American of their choice. Why were blacks and women still treated unfairly even after their war efforts?" Good

BLACK HISTORY WEBQUEST- THE INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER         NEW URL!
http://www.manteno5.org/webquest/middle/SocialScience/BlackHistory/Black%20History%20Web%20Quest%20Final%20Copy.htm
A webquest for elementary students in which students research a person in Black history. "You have just been just hired as an investigative reporter. Your new boss has just given you your first assignment. He has told you, along with two other people, that you are to investigate and report on a person in black history. Since it is your first assignment, he wants you to present it to the other reporters first. After that, you will go on the air and do a panel discussion and discuss your findings with two other reporters. If you choose not to accept this assignment this message will self-destruct in 10 seconds." Good

IS BLACK BLACK? A WEBQUEST
http://resources.mhs.vic.edu.au/webquests/b_eval.htm
A webquest for middle school/junior high students on racial issues. "A government taskforce has been established to raise community awareness of racial issues. This is a world wide problem and the terms of reference include some understanding of the issues in other countries as well as Australia.
Your group is one of several focussing on the treatment of Australian Aborigines in comparison with the treatment of negros in the United States of America."
Good

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