February 2021

Celebrate Black History Month

 

February is Black History Month in the United States. To celebrate, we want to offer you this teaching workshop on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and its impact on the ongoing fight for civil rights in the United States.

In this workshop, you will learn about various resources available to connect the 1960s to the lives of students today. Some of our favorite resources include:

  • Recent movies, including Selma, The Hate You Give, and 13
  • PBS documentaries, such as Freedom Riders: American Experiences
  • The 1619 Project podcast from The New York Times
  • Books and graphic novels
  • Music, and more!

You can access this video here. We also have included a student flipped video that provides background information on the Civil Rights Movement for your students here.

Beyond incorporating recent resources into your classroom for Black History Month, it is essential to think about how you are teaching Civil Rights. This article from Teaching Tolerance, contains some key pieces of advice.

It is key to remember that Black History is more than February. Incorporate Black History into every unit of your curriculum. Use primary sources from prominent Black Americans, such as this Black History collection from the Library of Congress.

Expand your civil rights lessons beyond key figures such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. Include names and stories of people like Nell Braxton Gibson, William Harbour, and Charles Person. Much of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1960s was driven by people in their late teens and early twenties -- not much older than your students. Ask your students to relate their own experiences to those of the Freedom Riders, sit-in protesters, and more. Learn more about the Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement.

Tell us how you’re teaching Black History using #inspiresocialstudies

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