Updated 2/8/2013
Head over to the latest 2013 list


It’s not that hard to find a ton of Black History Month resources. But sometimes it’s a bit difficult to find good ones. So I’ve spent some time putting together a short list of useful Black History month teaching materials.

Letters of Note: “To My Old Master” and Flight to Freedom Underground Railroad simulation.

African American History Month from the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

The National Archives has a great Black History Month site. New resources are clearly marked and all look great!

ThinkFinity, the great metasearch tool from the Verizon Foundation, put together a series of nine lesson plans.

eHow created an interesting take of the Black History Month lesson plan idea called How to Write Lesson Plans for Black History Month.

I really like the stuff that the Smithsonian has put together. There’s a wide variety of goodies – from artists to authors to musicians. They’ve also created an incredible African American Cultural Heritage Tour with images, audio, questions and quizzes.

The History Channel’s Black History site has a ton of videos, quizzes, images and information.

The National Archives has a huge list of Black History resources. Use this together with four great sites from the Library of Congress – The African American Mosaic, African American Odyssey, Civil Rights Exhibitions and Presentations and From Slavery to Civil Rights.

PBS created a couple of really nice collections – Africans in America and African American World.

The NAACP and Verizon put together a very nice multimedia and interactive timeline of the past 100 years of African American History.

Larry Ferlazzo always has great lists of stuff and his African American list is no exception. (Be prepared to spend some time here!)

Before you jump into lesson plans, read The Do’s and Don’ts of Teaching Black History, a good guide from Teaching Tolerance.

A collection of lesson plan sites:

Have fun!

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend