Black History Month isn’t over yet, so here’s a quick roundup of some excellent national websites. And we think you’ll want to use these resources year-round:
The Library of Congress has incredible materials available online like this oral history interview with Evans Derrell Hopkins http://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0029/. To find this and other related materials, use the search term “black history month”.
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration also has great materials and they’ve created a Historypin account — “Images, video, and audio “pinned” to Google Maps and layered onto Street View to “witness” the past in the present.” Start here: https://www.historypin.org/channels/view/23019/#!tours/all/ and explore events such as the March on Washington. NARA’s tours are great, and you can use them to spark the imagination for a class project that could really embed your students in the historical context they’re studying.
The National Education Association has a great collection of lesson plans and activities organized by grade here: http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/black-history-month.htm.
And a great way to introduce your students to local black history is to see what archival resources are on offer at local colleges and universities. Some regional examples:
- Stony Brook University on Long Island http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/bhm/index.html
- Northwestern University in Illinois http://www.library.northwestern.edu/news-legacy/2015/february/black-history-month-display
- The University System of Georgia http://about.galileo.usg.edu/news/entry/galileo_resources_for_black_history_month1/
- Pepperdine University in California https://library.pepperdine.edu/news/index.php/tag/black-history-month/
(The featured image is Shirley Chisholm, a congresswoman from New York and the first black woman to run for president of the United States.)