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February 1 marks the start of Black History Month, bringing opportunities for critical reflection and honest conversation with our students about our history and futures. Black History is American History. The theme for 2020 was “African Americans and the Vote.”



Classroom Resources

Lesson Plans from NEA

Additional lesson plans and activities

50 Years Later: From Selma to Voting Rights Law, Black History Milestones Remembered

Teaching about the Selma to Montgomery Marches

Library of Congress resources for teachers and students

History of the Tuskegee Airmen

African American history online challenge  


Posters, Bookmarks, Trading Cards, Buttons

National African American History Month – Honoring History and Culture

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday – Day of Service


Recommended Reading Lists

Ages 3-10

Ages 10 and up


Additional Resources

Get resources from the CDE

National Museum of African Art 

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