Carter G. Woodson originated the idea of month devoted to African American history in 1926, but it wasn't until 50 years later when the first February Black History Month was observed, as part of the United States bicentennial in 1976. Here are free printable African American history lessons to teach students the importance of this auspicious celebration. Black History Month explores the history, culture, struggles and contributions of the black African diaspora (people who are displaced or forced to immigrate) in the US. Canada and UK observe African history month in October. Use these activities in your classroom or homeschool.
PBS Parents has a compendium of free printable Black History Month activities including worksheets, American history lessons, recipes, coloring pages and puzzles to help children understand African American history. PBS Kids educational programming network lists episodes of different children's shows that have focused on black American history in the past. Teaching Heart has a huge library of free printable American history lessons and classroom worksheets for all subjects including African American history. Be sure to check out the recommended reading list for books on black American issues. This list covers several grade levels.
Mr. Donn covers Black History Month with a variety of printables, worksheets and American history lessons. African American history topic include the Civil War, Civil Rights, Jim Crow laws, Kwanzaa, Harlem Renaissance, Jazz Age and Underground Railroad. There are free printables, puzzle, worksheets, writing activities, social studies, history and biography activities.
Biography has a nice collection of biographical resources, including film clips, videos, timelines and free printable activities to use as worksheets for Black History Month. The Root is a website devoted to black American issues. It gives a concise overview of black American perspective as well as a discussion about the need for Black History Month. This short research essay might be helpful as a discussion board for the inclusion of uniquely black American history within the U.S. educational system.
History is the website of the History Channel and offers dozens of links to historical programs and programs based on historical events. Included are free printable American history lessons, worksheets, research help, study aids, resources and activities. Opponents of Black History Month, black and white say that there is no need to devote a month to studying African American history. Black actor Morgan Freeman made his now famous statement -- "I don't like Black History Month" -- to Mike Wallace in 2009. Freeman's contention is that every month is Black History Month because black Amerian history is American history. Freeman states that the only way to stop racial tension is to stop talking about it. Regardless of personal opinion on the issue, Black History Month is a required component in school curriculum across the grades in the United States.