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MLK Jr Day, Black History Month Printables and Rosa Parks' Bus Seat

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.

Free Printable Black History Month Lesson Plans

Black History Month is observed in February, in the US. Schools will usually offer special programming, content or lessons on issues and events that are significant to African Americans. Students explore biographies and contributions of famous black Americans. They read books written specifically about or by African Americans. 

I received emails recently for free Black History Month teaching materials. Shmoop is an education site I'm subscribed to. It offers an array of free printable lesson plans, study guides, activities and worksheets geared toward upper elementary to high school. There are 25-plus pieces of content available free on 
Black History Month. Teachers and homeschoolers you can access these, by registering and use in your classrooms. Students and parents, there are study aids for you too. 

I couldn't find one page with all the offerings. So I linked to the American History 1850-2014 page. From there you can navigate to the 1450-1849 pages, plus a photo archive and AP history helps. Here's the link to the 
free literature lessons page. Look there for reader guides on books of note in black history. Here are some lesson subjects you'll find: 


Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance
Jim Crow
Civil Rights 
“Black Power” 
Famous court cases impacting slavery, integration and civil rights
Race issues in US wars: Revolutionary, Civil, WWII
Civil War
Antebellum America
FDR’s New Deal
Race in music history: jazz, blues, rock & roll
Desegregation in schools, sports

There are teaching guides for poetry and books of Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Phillis Wheatley, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Richard Wright, Lorraine Hansberry, Fredrick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain and Harper Lee. 

Scholastic offers an extensive collection of Black History Month lessons on a spectrum of subjects. There are online activities, free printable worksheets, simulation games, book lists, study guides. Scholastic provides materials for students Pre-K to grade 8. I linked to the complete list and you can refine your search by grade and activity type. 

Use these to help students of all backgrounds explore these integral parts of US history. We took these images at Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. We sat on the actual bus Rosa Parks rode. We looked at the "whites only" drinking fountain and the eerie Ku Klux Klan robe. Even though we're all history buffs, it gave us a new perspective, from the inside out, on black history. Whenever possible, as educators, we need to provide kids with living history experiences like this so they can learn in a multisensory way. 

Free Printable Martin Luther King Jr. Lessons and Classroom Resources

Here are free printable American history lesson plans on the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. MLK Jr was born on January 15, 1929. MLK and was shot by an assassin's bullet on April 4, 1968. Use these free printable lesson plans to explore this legendary hero in the classroom, homeschool, scout troops 4H and social groups.
Nobel Prize has free printable MLK Jr and black history lesson plans, As the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martin Luther King Jr. is featured on this website with a comprehensive bibliography of resources. About has an entire unit of free printable Martin Luther King Jr activities, including a 5-page activity booklet Happy Birthday MLK by Jean Marzollo. It covers the life and work of Dr. King. The lessons guide students through readings, discussions, response activities and higher order thinking skills questions.
Mr.Donn has free printable American history lesson plans, created by a teacher for teachers. There are close to 30 links for free printable lessons, posters, coloring pages, worksheets, fill-in-the-blanks, puzzles, coloring pages, literature study guides and activities based on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Some black history favorites include a Unity Hand Wreath cut and paste craft, a Box of Crayonscoloring craft and Breaking Color Barriers (a science object lesson for children)
ABC Teach has 16 free printable lesson plans focused on world peace and unity. There are crafts, writing prompts, posters, games, coloring pages, word search, worksheets, reading activities, acrostic forms, poetry frames and much more. After all, peace, unity and brotherhood was what Dr. King was all about.

ABC Teach MLK has free printable writing prompts, worksheets, lessons, games and activities about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his speeches, including "I have a Dream". There are Black History Month activities. In conclusion is a quote from that famous speech made by Dr. King, made on August 28, 1963 at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.