African American History Month Resources
General Information •
Lesson Plans • Videos in eMedia
February is African American History Month - a great time to investigate the contributions that African Americans have made to the history and cultural development of the United States.
Library of Congress Resources
Educators can find images, audio and videos files and more from the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution and other organizations.
NAACP Interactive Historical Timeline
Take a journey over the last 100 years and understand the impact and influences of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Learn about the Civil Rights Movement - from 1954 to present day. You can also access related lesson plans.
PBS: Africans in America
This web site chronicles the history of racial slavery in the U.S. - from the start of the Atlantic slave trade to the end of the Civil War.
African American World
From Sojourner Truth to Jacob Lawrence, discover the courage and talent that shaped the African American experience.
This exhibit marks the publication of The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture.
Dr. King's Dream
In this lesson, students will learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (Grades K-2)
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Me
This lesson explores ways to help students identify with Dr. King through activities that provide a glimpse into his life. (Grades K-2)
African Americans in Science
In this lesson students explore the careers of prominent African Americans in science, mathematics, and technology. (Grades 6-8)
Free African Americans in the North
Students meet African American individuals who lived in the North in the years between the American Revolution and the Civil War. (Grades 6-8)
Videos in eMedia
Utah educators and students can download the following videos from UEN's eMedia.
America Beyond the Color Line
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines the legacy of the Civil Rights movement since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
American Experience: Citizen King
Citizen King explores the last five years in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life by drawing on the personal recollections and eyewitness accounts of friends, movement associates, and historians.
American Experience: Marcus Garvey
Both a powerful orator and a pompous autocrat, Garvey inspired the loyalty of millions of African Americans while infuriating many black leaders.
American Experience: Murder of Emmett Till
The murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement.
Ellington Was Not a Street
In a reflective tribute to the African-American community of old, noted poet Ntozake Shange recalls her childhood home and the close-knit group of innovators that often gathered there.
In Remembrance of Martin
To memorialize the life and work of Dr. King, Coretta Scott King is joined by others to remember highlights in Dr. King's career and trace his leadership in the civil rights movement.
The 10 episodes of this Ken Burn's film cover the history of jazz music in the US, from its origins at the turn of the twentieth century to the present day. Visit web site.
Former Black Panther, and author, Eldridge Cleaver discusses his life as a civil rights activist with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
The Long Walk to Freedom
A story of 12 ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things in the Civil Rights movement.
Martin's Big Words
Using quotes from some of his speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life is portrayed in collage art and watercolor paintings.
Our Modern USA. Equality and Civil Rights
A captivating glimpse of the people and events that sparked the Civil Rights Movement.
Reading Rainbow: Follow the Drinking Gourd
By following the directions in a song, "The Drinking Gourd," runaway slaves journey north along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.
Slavery and the Making of America
This PBS film offers new perspectives on the slave experience. Visit web site.
This Far By Faith
This six-part documentary presents a dramatic interpretation of the African-American religious experience through powerful storytelling.
Thurgood Marshall: Portrait of an American Hero
The program traces the illustrious career of the first black person appointed as a Supreme Court justice.
Time Team America: New Philadelphia, Illinois
Buried beneath farmlands in Western Illinois, lie the remains of the first American town founded by a free African American decades before the Civil War.
Utah's African American Voices
Although few in number, Utah's African Americans have profoundly influenced the course of Utah history since the early 1800s