Monday, February 9, 2009 Provides Innovative Educators with Free Resources for Black History Month, which is the educational website of the Verizon Foundation, has posted Black History Month related free lesson plans, teacher resources and student activities that innovative educators might find useful for their classrooms. The site has lots of free educational resources for standards-based K-12 lesson plans, educational games, music clips and videos – all relating to Black History Month and available for downloading.

Here is some of what you’ll find on the site:

Interact with Information on Black History Month

Listen to black scientists. Take a virtual field trip. Trace the blues. Immerse yourself in 1920s Harlem. Ride The Underground Railroad. And through it all, discover the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history. read more >>

Image: Associated Press

Investigating African American History, Art and Literature

Learn about the tremendous contributions that African Americans have made to the history, art and literature of the United States with this special Black History Month feature from EDSITEment. read more >>

Image: "The Migration of the Negro Panel no. 57, 1940-1941" by Jacob Lawrence.
©2008 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence

Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

African American Read-In

Make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. Participate in the Twentieth National African American Read-In. It can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book by an African American author. read more >>


  1. I want to add to this one more aspect: Black History is not in the past it is going on now. We have live and active heros around. Kids of all ages, but especially High School students, have to be able to connect to the live change.
    I loved this discussion on Firesude Learning:
    Most of the events and names mentioned there are all around us. Let's connect and help our students to take active role in the change that goes on.

  2. @Maria, great point. I think that my post about Remix America ( provides a great tool to address this issue. Thank you for the insight and discussion link.