Civil rights march on Washington, D.C. in 1963. Photo from the Library of Congress.
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
Offers a written biography as well as photo gallery and video clips from the Biography television series. Students can take an online quiz to see how much they know about our first African-American president.
Milestones: Barack Obama
An interactive timeline from The New York Times.
Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
Brown vs. Board of Education
Good Resources for Teaching About African-American History
African Americans from Federal Resources for Excellence in Education (FREE)
NY Times Learning Black History Month Resources
Edsitement's Guide to Black History Month Teaching Resources: From National Endowment for the Humanities
Black Inventor Online Museum : Includes Lewis Temple, the New Bedford blacksmith who improved the design of the whaling harpoon.
Black History Classroom Guides: From the Biography television series. Subjects include Colin Powell, Jackie Robinson and Rosa Parks.
African American Lives: Lesson plans for grades 6-8 and 9-12 from PBS's genealogy series.
Trial of Anthony Burns: The 1854 trail of a fugitive slave in Boston offers authentic local resources for teaching black history.
- High school and college students can assume the profile of a fugitive slave and take a simulated trip on the Underground Railway through Bowdoin College's Flight to Freedom website. Undergraduate history students created the site, adding notes and plot twists based on slave diaries.
- Bridgewater State College sponsors the Hall of Black Achievement with an online gallery of famous African Americans, many with Massachusetts roots and ties: documentary film maker Henry Hampton, scholar W.E.B. Dubois, community organizer Melnea Cass, and others.
- Each year, the American Library Association honors black authors and illustrators with the Coretta Scott King Awards. Past winners are listed online.
The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords: An online study guide produced by PBS includes sample lessons, a quiz, and transcripts of interviews with prominent black journalists.
- Your class can take a virtual tour of Boston's Black Heritage Trail at the website of the Museum of Afro-American History in Boston. Start at the Statehouse with the monument to the 54th regiment, then surf past the Smith Court Residences, the Abiel Smith School, and other Boston landmarks of black history.
Boston African American National Historic Site :Take a virtual tour of Boston's Black Heritage Trail or link to online biographies, timelines and resources on local Black history. Topics on this site, hosted by the National Park Service, include the Underground Railroad, Blacks in the Civil War, and School Desegregation.
African American Odyssey: A directory to the resources of the Library of Congress related to African American history in the U.S. including an African American Pamphlet collection, slave narratives, and materials on Jackie Robinson and gospel music.
The Civil Rights Movement
A collection of videos curated by the Choices Program at Brown University.
Looking for additional materials? We also have resource page dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. The NEA also offers lesson plans and materials for African-American History Month.