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Black History Month

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Black History MonthAfrican-American BiographiesA to Z Check out this list of biographies on 500 notable African-Americans. You can search by name or category.

Black History Calendar The Black History Calendar This site has just some of the events that happened this month in Black History!

Black History Webquest A webquest is an adventure on the Internet in which you search for the truth. Use the Internet to find the following information about the following people. . .

An African-American Resource Guide Any guide to African American information must first begin by looking at the history of this group of people. One of the best resources on this topic is. . .

1954-1997 The Encyclopdia Britannica Guide to Black History American history is filled with voices of African-American people who have spoken out against injustice and inequality. These voices can be heard in all areas of American life. This Britannica Study Guide will introduce you to the people behind these voices and the events that have affected their lives.

African American World PBS From Sojourner Truth to Jacob Lawrence, discover the courage and talent that shaped the African American experience.

The Top Ten African-American Inventors Throughout history, African Americans have invented some important and fun devices. Read about ten examples of men and women and see what they invented. Think about what kind of obstacles they may have faced, personally and professionally.

Reuters Shirley Chisholm Biography Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to serve in the United States Congress, died on January 1, 2005 at age 80. SHIRLEY CHISHOLM'S candidacy for the American presidency in 1972 was a long-shot of almost embarrassing proportions. She entered the race against 12 other candidates with a slogan that dripped with moxie: Fighting Shirley Chisholm Unbought and Unbossed.

Shirley Chisholm Address To The United States House Of Representatives, Washington, DC: May 21, 1969: Mr. Speaker, when a young woman graduates from college and starts looking for a job, she is likely to have a frustrating and even demeaning experience ahead of her. If she walks into an office for an interview, the first question she will be asked is, "Do you type?''

Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Henry McNeal Turner, John Mercer Langston, Sojourner Truth The Internet African American History Challenge The Internet African American History Challenge is an interactive quiz that helps you sharpen your knowledge of African American History. It's an "open book" test. So if you're not sure of an answer, you can check our reference material for help. Level I is the easiest and has 7 questions while levels II & III have 10 questions each and are a bit more challenging. Good Luck!

Black History Treasure Hunt Black History Treasure Hunt & Quiz People all over the United States and the world have posted information on the Internet that relates to Black history and African-American heritage. Read through the questions below and explore the Resource List to find the right information to answer each question. Each Web page holds the answer to one of the questions. When you think you know the right answer, click in the appropriate radio button to get feedback.

cabins.jpg (10018 bytes) Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad for Children The students in Mrs. Taverna's second grade class at Pocantico Hills School in Sleepy Hollow, New York have been learning about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.  We read about Harriet.  We wrote about Harriet.  Mrs. Taverna and Mrs. Hongell, (our computer teacher), helped us write this web site to share with other children.

Online University: Slavery This Site gives a detailed explanation of the history of slavery. Topics covered include: "The Triangle: the Atlantic Slave Trade", "British North American Slavery", "The United Slaves of America: Expansion of the Peculiar Institution", "The Children of the Revolution", and more.

Learn about John Brown's Fort The African-American A Journey from Slavery to Freedom The African-American: A Journey from Slavery to Freedom is an exhibit which shows America in crisis and how that point in time was resolved. Slavery as an issue in America was in constant conflict with the founding Democratic principles of this nation. Slavery therefore became the ultimate test of disunity within the union of states which were already at odds in a democracy espousing freedom for its people.

Featured biography InfoPlease: 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 studiedor even documentedwhen 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.

MLK Jr.CNN - Black History Month Check out these feature stories from World African Network.

image of brochure coverThe African-American Mosaic Exhibition (Library of Congress) This exhibit marks the publication of The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. A noteworthy and singular publication, the Mosaic is the first Library-wide resource guide to the institution's African- American collections.

Suma - New Haven Colony Historical SocietyThe Amistad Incident of 1839 In late August 1839 the New London Gazette reported, "Much excitement has been created in New York for the past week from the report of several boats having seen a schooner, full of Negroes, and in such condition as to lead to the suspicion that she was a pirate." The "long low black schooner" was the Amistad.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African-American to gain national eminence as a poet. Born in 1872 in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of ex-slaves and classmate to Orville Wright of aviation fame.

Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement Thomas Jefferson's stirring words, written in 1776 in our Declaration of Independence, defined the promise of America--freedom and equality for all. The words rang hollow, however, for the millions of African Americans held in slavery prior to the Civil War, and later denied political, economic, educational, and social equality by unjust laws and social customs.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. MLK Online - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This site is your one-stop source for for MLK on the net. It includes speeches, pictures, quotes and more!

I have a Dream Speech Can you guess the words to the 'Dream' speech? If you get stuck, click on the hint button.

Martin Luther King Jr. Online Quiz Test your knowledge of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this online interactive quiz.

Academy of Achievement: Rosa Parks Profile Most historians date the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the United States to December 1, 1955. That was the day when an unknown seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. This brave woman, Rosa Parks, was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance, but her lonely act of defiance began a movement that ended legal segregation in America, and made her an inspiration to freedom-loving people everywhere.

Brown vs. Board of Education - Background Summary The 1954 United States Supreme Court decision in Oliver L. Brown et.al. v. the Board of Education of Topeka (KS) et.al. is among the most significant judicial turning points in the development of our country. Originally led by Charles H. Houston, and later Thurgood Marshall and a formidable legal team, it dismantled the legal basis for racial segregation in schools and other public facilities.

Africana and African American The links at this site include Africana.com, Marcus Garvey Papers, Timeline of the Modern Civil Rights Movement and more!

Nelson Mandela Biography Nelson Mandela's greatest pleasure, his most private moment, is watching the sun set with the music of Handel or Tchaikovsky playing. Locked up in his cell during daylight hours, deprived of music, both these simple pleasures were denied him for decades.

African Americans in History UGA: African American Studies African Americans have played a vital role in the history and culture of their country since its founding. An important part of the curriculum at the Institute for African American Studies is devoted to creative research on the lives and work of prominent African Americans and to placing them within their cultural context. On this page you will find brief biographical sketches of several key figures in African American history.


Lesson Plans/Classroom Activities

Experiencing the Underground Railraod

The Amistad Comes to Life!

Baobab: The Tree of Life

Bean Bag Toss


Freedom Fighters


What If

African Cards

African Money

Africa in the News

Antiphonal Chant

Life Along the Nile

African Archeology

Black Award Winners

Deadly Organisms

Maasai Seasons

African Window Garden

Counting in Swahili

The Latest Books by Black Authors



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