February is Black History Month in the United States. I thought a “The Best…” list focusing on African-American history would be timely and helpful.
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As usual, I’ve only included sites that I feel are accessible to English Language Learners.
Here are my picks for The Best Websites To Teach & Learn About African-American History (not in any order of preference):
* The History Channel’s Black History site has many videos, quizzes, images, and information.
* The Biography Channel Black History site has a number of online videos and other features.
* An excellent interactive timeline from the BBC is called “Free At Last.”
* Kulture Kidz has simple and accessible materials on Black History.
* TIME Magazine has a slideshow called From Emmett Till To Barack Obama.
* Enchanted Learning has quite a few very simple resources on African-American History Month accessible to Early Intermediate ELL’s.
* Black History In America is a resource from Scholastic.
* The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a series of articles written in simple English about accomplished African-Americans in history.
* InfoPlease has a simple African-American History timeline, too.
* I’ve posted several times in the past about how much I like Brainpop for my English Language Learner students, and that it’s one of the very, very few web applications out there that I think is worth paying for. Brainpop has a Black History Month collection that’s pretty impressive. Again, you have to subscribe in order to view them, but you can sign-up for a free trial offer. Plus, two of the movies in this particular collection are free for viewing without signing-up.
* EL Civics, which is on many of my “The Best…” lists, also has a series of resources on Black History Month.
* Journalist Cynthia Tucker has written an article saying Black History Month should be eliminated. It isn’t accessible to English Language Learners, but a teacher could frame the question, and its background, in a comprehensible and engaging way.
* Teachnology has a number of accessible worksheets related to African American history that can be printed-out.
* The Do’s and Don’ts of Teaching Black History is a good guide from Teaching Tolerance.
* The New York Times has an extensive collection of lesson plans titled Celebrate Black History Month.
* The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has a feature on African American History Month where they “provide an economic snapshot of African Americans in the United States today.”
It’s quite accessible, and even provides audio support for the text.
An article titled The End of Black History Month? Why I’m not ready to ditch it—yet.
A Brief History of The Selma To Montgomery March is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
The Slavery Museum is a pretty impressive multimedia site that appears to be designed by students.
“Finishing The Dream” is a new collection of 100 videos from NBC News related to the Civil Rights Movement.
Here’s the announcement:
NBC Learn and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have partnered to draw awareness to the Civil Rights movement and jump start new dialogue among students and teachers by releasing more than 100 stories from the NBC News archives and making the content available to schools, colleges, and universities nationwide. “Finishing the Dream” chronicles the struggles and celebrates the triumphs of the Civil Rights movement over the span of 60 years.
The collection includes the most significant moments of the movement including the Montgomery bus boycott, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, the Freedom Riders, and original documentaries featuring ordinary people, like Rosa Parks who risked their lives to fight for equality.
Teaching The Civil Rights Movement is from The New York Times Learning Network.
The Politics of Children’s Literature: What’s Wrong with the Rosa Parks Myth is from The Zinn Education Project.
Timeline: Civil War To Civil Rights is from National Geographic.
America’s ‘Slave Narratives’ should shock us is from CNN.
Here’s how StoryCorps describes their new animated video:
When Theresa Burroughs came of voting age, she was ready to cast her ballot—but she had a long fight ahead of her. During the Jim Crow era, the board of registrars at Alabama’s Hale County Courthouse prevented African Americans from registering to vote. Undeterred, Theresa remembers venturing to the courthouse on the first and third Monday of each month, in pursuit of her right to vote.
Text to Text | ‘Why Reconstruction Matters’ and ‘Black Reconstruction in America’ is from The New York Times Learning Network.
The Black History Month Debate is Back is from NBC News.
Resources for Teaching Black History Month and Black History Year Round! is from Boston Public Schools.
Unpublished Black History is from The New York Times.
Civil Rights: Then and Now is from PBS.
The history behind Black History Month is from Vox.
The history of African-American social dance is a new lesson and video from TED-Ed:
Black History and Culture is a very impressive site from the Google Cultural Institute.
Celebrating Black History With The New York Times is from The New York Times Learning Network.
Analysis: Do We Still Need Black History Month? is from NBC News.
Memo to the White House on the Contributions of Frederick Douglass is from The Atlantic.
TED-Ed has published this video and lesson:
— Tim Smyth NOT@SDCC😔 (@historycomics) July 18, 2017
Black History Month Resources is from The Boston Teachers Union.
Teaching Tolerance published an impressive set of materials titled A Framework for Teaching American Slavery.
African American History Month Resources is from The Utah Education Network.
28 Days, 28 Films for Black History Month is from The New York Times.
Black History Month is from National Geographic.
Black Monuments is from Vice.
National History Day: African American Civil Rights Movement is from The Smithsonian.
27 black women activists everyone should know is from For Harriet.
The Staying Power of Black History Month is from The American Prospect.
Celebrating Black history in our lives today is from Google.
“Fixing” Black History Month is from Ed Week.
This is a good YouTube playlist from RetroReport for Black History Month.
Black History Month Re-imagined is from Discovery Education.
More than 4,000 black men, women, and children died at the hands of white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Can you name any of them? This memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, is trying to change that. https://t.co/JYsGQjblfe pic.twitter.com/MYns3EFinI
— CNN (@CNN) April 10, 2018
Segregation In America is a very impressive interactive website documenting – in multimedia – the history of…segregation in the United States. It was just unveiled by the Equal Justice Initiative, who last year released an equally impressive site on Lynching In America (see Google Supports Development Of New “Lynching In America” Interactive).
ARTIFACTS OF INJUSTICE: AN AMERICAN HISTORY COLLECTION is from The Seattle Times.
Emmett Till: Finding the truth behind decades of lies is from USA Today.
— Andrew J. Padilla (@apadillafilm6) December 18, 2018
Steve King Shows Why We Need Black History Month is from Teaching Tolerance.
Five Things Not to Do During Black History Month is by Zaretta Hammond.
TED-Ed’s latest video and lesson is on Ida B. Wells, the famed journalist who was African-American.
Overlooked Obituaries for Black History Month is from The NY Times.
3 ways to improve education about slavery in the US is from The Conversation.
— Monica Anderson (@MonicaRAnders) February 5, 2019
Lessons from — and for — Black History Month is from Usable Knowledge.
Google Earth has created a great tour, The Journey Of Us, for Black History Month.
Seven Black Inventors Whose Patents Helped Shape American Life is from The NY Times.
Here’s how “Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement” describes itself:
Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, a multimedia collaboration of Comcast NBCUniversal and the Equal Justice Initiative, honors the legacy and impact of the men and women who championed racial equality in the United States….Today, Voices of the Civil Rights Movement presents more than 16 hours of gripping firsthand accounts, historical moments and stories submitted by the public.
The site also invites the public to share their stories:
Share Your Story! with Voices of the Civil Rights Movement. Your voice matters. Help us continue the dialogue and capture more stories from this historic era. Grab your smartphone and share a memory from the movement, or reflect on how its legacy impacts you. Feel free to contribute your personal thoughts, or interview a loved one.
An Artist’s March to Freedom is a NY Times article about the same event.
It’s Time We Celebrate Ella Baker Day is from The Nation.
Google just published this intriguing video. You can learn about the people they highlight at an accompanying website:
Black History Month: Teaching the Complete History is from Teaching Tolerance.
Writing About Slavery? Teaching About Slavery? is from P. Gabrielle Foreman. I’m also adding it to USEFUL RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF BRINGING ENSLAVED AFRICANS TO AMERICA. Thanks to Dr. Kim Parker for the tip.
Had to drop this timeless gem on the TL. Happy BHM 🤝 pic.twitter.com/lOUQ2euin7
— sunflower cierra 💕 (@cierraashh) February 1, 2020
Celebrate literacy during #BlackHistoryMonth by joining @ncte for the African American Read-In! Their toolkit has everything your school community needs to participate, from book lists to lesson plans: https://t.co/LG29iVsvQM #BHM #EduColor #engchat pic.twitter.com/604tggN9PC
— Teacher2Teacher (@teacher2teacher) February 1, 2020
This Black History Month, we reflect on the achievements and contributions of African American individuals and their fundamental role in U.S. history. Listen to the stories of some of these trailblazers: https://t.co/yGQaS3md9y
— StoryCorps (@StoryCorps) February 1, 2020
Teaching Black History in Culturally Responsive Ways is from Edutopia.
Black History Month: Teaching the Complete History is from Teaching Tolerance.
Navigating The Green Book is an interactive from The New York Public Library.
Curate Your Legacy is from The National Museum of African American History and Culture. It would be a great project to have African American students document their family’s history.
We Return Fighting: The African American Experience in World War I is from from The National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Watch Eyes On The Prize AND get a study guide from Facing History.
Sports: Leveling the Playing Field is from the Smithsonian.