Black History Month in the Classroom
President Gerald Ford spoke with regard to Black History Month urging Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Originally established as Negro History Week in 1926, Carter G. Woodson was hoping to encompass the birthdays of two great Americans who played a prominent role in shaping black history, namely Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass whose birthdays are both in February. It is important that we note the integrated role African American History plays in the establishment of American culture.
Help increase the success of Black History Month by utilizing one of the many free resources offered to teachers. Check out some the sites below for ideas and get your students involved.
- African American History Resources for Teachers
- The Origins of Black History Month
- Black History Teaching Resources
- 2014 Black History Theme Products
- Freedom’s Song: 100 years of African American Struggle and Triumph