A Fresh Look at Black History

J.Galbreath, B. Gasior, Gifted Resource Specialists

Black History Rap Song - The Gifted Youngsters - Best Black History Rap

Create A Campaign

Because of Them We Can

The Mission of Because of Them We Can is to educate and connect a new generation to heroes who have paved the way. Challenge your students to create a campaign for someone who has been a leader to others.

Maya Angelou, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Charles Drew, Mae Jemison, Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monáe, Bessie Coleman

History Through the Arts

ARTS EDGE - African American History - Articles, websites, lessons, full units - The Arts Edge website has a wealth of information for teaching this important topic. The lessons integrate the arts, are organized by topic and grade levels and are ready to use.

Using Dr. Seuss - Sneetches and Segregation

In the story The Sneetches, written by Dr. Seuss, yellow bird-like creatures take students on an adventure where green stars become the symbol of discrimination and privilege. Let these resources help guide you into a discussion on segregation.

The Sneetches Video Book

Sneetches and the Segregation Video

Short and Extended Response Activities

Museum Resources

The National Museum of African American History has a wealth of information to share with students. Check out the Explore section on the website for exhibits, collections, primary sources and multiple perspectives.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center also has a variety of lessons organized by grade level.

Story Time with Mr. Beat - Slavery in the 13 Colonies

African Americans in the Colonies

Let's start with Colonial Williamsburg Official History Site's Introduction to Colonial African American Life

Colonial People -Enslaved African-Americans online book

Colonial People -Enslaved Farm Family of Two online book

Use Simulations to Engage Students

Explore This Powerful Underground Railroad Interactive

Escape From Slavery is a powerful interactive experience. It culminates with students imagining it is 1870 and they are slaves who have escaped on the Underground Railroad. Then they are asked to share the stories of their courageous journeys and to describe the brave people who helped along the way.

Which Slave Sailed Himself to Freedom?

The Story of Robert Small - In the midst of the Civil War, this black male slave had commandeered a heavily armed Confederate ship and delivered its 17 black passengers (nine men, five women and three children) from slavery to freedom.

Pathways to Freedom Interactive

The Pathways to Freedom Interactive allows students to travel back to the 1800s and become eyewitnesses to history. They'll become young slaves who must make some important and life-changing decisions.

Africans in American - Slavery

The Africans in America website chronicles the history of racial slavery in the United States -- from the start of the Atlantic slave trade in the 16th century to the end of the American Civil War in 1865 -- and explores the central paradox that is at the heart of the American story: a democracy that declared all men equal but enslaved and oppressed one people to provide independence and prosperity to another.

DIg Into The Documents

Black History Primary Documents

Freedom’s Ring is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, animated. Here students can compare the written and spoken speech, explore multimedia images, listen to movement activists, and uncover historical contexts. This website and the ones below are stellar!

The Speech

Slavery and the Making of an American- (Hear the voices of slaves.)

Black History Document Detective

Columbus Ohio Digital African American Resources

Make a Personal Connection with Ohio History

African Americans in Ohio

Give students time to explore the links below before challenging them to connect with our history.

African Americans in Ohio

African Americans in Southern Ohio

African American History in Ohio

Ohio Black Laws

Play with Data

Black Demongraphics

The BlackDemongraphic.com website contains data tables and reports covering topics such as geographic distribution, marital status, educational attainment, family and household type, labor force status, occupational distribution, earnings, family income, and poverty status.

Use Timelines and Maps

Exploring Timelines

Everywhere you look, black culture, talent and expression have played an enormous role in shaping America’s past and present. These timelines are a great resource for students to explore changes over time.

"In the Know" Timeline for Kids: African-American History

African American Lives

Time Then and Now

Mapping African American History

The Mapping African American History Project maps African History of New York. The Places Navigator allows students to explore detailed views of modern and historic maps that connect events, people, community and culture.

Dive into Books

Read and Explore Ruby Bridges ( K-2)

Read about Ruby Bridges and the Civil Rights Movement In November 1960. Ruby Bridges became the first African American child to integrate an all-white elementary school.

Musical and Artistic Contributions

Drop Me Off in Harlem - What happens when great minds congregate in the same time and place? How do creative individuals both reflect and influence the places and time periods in which they live? Drop Me Off in Harlem explores these questions in the context of the vibrant, complex, and unique moment in time that was the Harlem Renaissance. ARTS EDGE has many other lessons and resources in an easily searchable database. All grades

Taking Action

Discovering My Identity

This Discovering My Identity lesson from Teaching Tolerance can spur student thinking about race and identity as well as taking action to make a difference in the world. All materials are included and ready to use.
ISTE 2016 EdTekTalks | Janice & Marley Dias on promoting diversity in media with #1000BlackGirlBooks
Marley Dias on social action & being yourself (Feb. 19, 2016) | Charlie Rose

Desegregation of Columbus

Check out these newspaper articles about the The Desegregation of Columbus Schools.