Black History

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Black History 2023: Black Resistance

In 1926, when Dr. Carter G. Woodson established Negro History week, he recognized the importance of raising awareness of African Americans’ contributions to history. 50 years later, the week became a month, February, dedicated to Black history. Dr. Woodson intended to highlight the contributions of Black people throughout history, supporting equality and civil rights, while increasing the visibility of Black life and history, at a time when few newspapers, books, and universities took notice of the Black community.

The 2023 theme of Black History is "Black Resistance." To learn more about how members of the black community have used resistance to promote racial and cultural justice click the link below.

History of black resistance

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Quick and Powerful Learning

Feeling pressed for time but still want to engage students in BHM? Use the resources below. Check them out ahead of time to ensure they are aligned with your specific learning community.

Reasons to Write

In honor and in purpose of celebrating Black History Month, engage your students in one or more of the lesson plans within the source below.

Celebrating Black History with New York Times

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Security Means Freedom

We believe that ending poverty is within our reach, and that we have both the power and responsibility to do so. In order to help organizers and teachers vision an economically just society for everyone, the Opportunity Agenda and Amplifier created an original campaign to spark more expansive conversations around the intersection between economic justice and systemic racism, housing insecurity, income inequality, and other major issues.

Resource: Amplifier

Talking About Economic Justice

PBS resources to support learning about civil rights, poverty, and economic justice.

Power of Pop: What TV Gets Wrong About Getting By

In this research series, explore the impacts of pop culture vis-à-vis scripted television[1] and influencers[2] on social issues. This is a teacher resource.

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Teaching BHM: Miseducation or Empowerment?

This high school English teacher encourages educators to focus on African Americans' contributions to the United States, with the Harlem Renaissance as a way to begin.

Ending Curriculum Violence

Yes, curriculum can be violent—whether you intend it or not. Here’s what it looks like and how you can avoid it.

Resistance Means More Than Rebellion

To see a more complete picture of the experience of enslaved people, you have to redefine resistance. Dr. Kenneth S. Greenberg offers teachers a lens to help students see the ways in which enslaved people fought back against the brutality of slavery.
Resistance and Liberation Lesson Plan

Adjust per level. Lesson plan from Newsela.