Black History Month Resources (2024)

This blog was written by Kelley Painter, M. Ed., Reading Specialist at New Story Schools in Indiana, PA.

We celebrate Black History Month each year, and quite possibly, we do the same things every time in our classrooms to celebrate. You may not have even known that there is a theme each year beyond just Black history. This year the theme is “African Americans and the Arts!" Here, we have compiled some different resources that could be helpful to you in the classroom to improve not only Black History Month, but the inclusion of Black history (present and future too!) in the classroom.

Do’s and Don’ts:

To start, we’ll take a look at an article written by Jeanne Sager at TeachStarter. In her blog, she lists 13 Black History Month activities for educators to incorporate into their lesson plans. She also includes a brief list of general do’s and don’ts for the topic of Black history lesson plans. These do’s and don’ts are listed below to help you ensure that you are properly presenting Black history to your students. If you would like to read the full article, click here!

Do Take Time to Evaluate Your Teaching as a Whole: It is important to reflect on how your teaching is going many times throughout the year, that is how we improve. While this is not meant to be critical of anyone, it is important that we think about how much we include Black history in our daily teaching. Ask yourself if you have discussed Black history prior to Black History Month, and if so, how? Have you read books featuring Back children or adults this year? There are about 7.4 million public school students who are Black, and about 2.2 million who are biracial in America. It is important that we include Black history, perspectives, and stories all year round. If you realize that you have not been doing that, don’t panic, now you are aware and can start.

Don’t Single Out Black Students: If students come to you and want to share stories about their heritage and backgrounds, that is wonderful and should be encouraged. However, don’t single out Black students. It is not their responsibility to teach their White classmates.

Do Address That Black History is American History: The month may be called Black History Month, but what you are teaching is American history. It’s important that White students understand that this is part of their history as well, and not just something for Black classmates to care about.

Don’t Treat This as the Past: While Black history is history, it’s important not to teach it as if it only happened a long time ago, because it is STILL happening. For example, we only saw the first Black American president in 2008 and the first Black American vice president in 2020, and the fight for equality is ongoing.

Activity and Lesson Ideas

Now that we understand the preparation for our lessons and how to carefully present the subject, we can begin to look at fun activities that can be done in the classroom to make this Black History Month both informative and engaging! Below are several resources from across the web to provide, or help you brainstorm, exciting activities for this month!

Black History Lesson Plans: Check out this article by the National Education Association which provides lesson ideas and activities to teach Black history. It has items and materials grouped into grade levels, specifically K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. There are also multiple additional resources in the article. To view this article, click here.

African American Art Resources: This article, published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, provides resources for art teachers who have lessons on Black history. You will find multiple famous artworks by Black artists and learn about African American art styles. To view this article, click here.

The Birth of Hip Hop: Learn about the history of hip hop and then create a rap related to something our students have experienced in their lives with this video from The Kids Should See This. To watch the video, click here.

African American Artists: This article was written by a teacher named Tanya Merriman. In the article, Merriman lists several famous Black artists and shows how she uses their art style to have her students create art pieces themselves! You can discuss the artist and their works while creating art in their style. To view this article, click here.

Black History Month Playlists: Many genres of the music we listen to today were shaped by Black artists and influencers. Here are a few playlists to exemplify the history of Black music:

Spotify Black History Month Playlist: To listen, click here.

10 Influential Black History Songs: To listen, click here.

Celebrating Black Artists: To listen, click here.

Black History Month Songs for Kids: To listen, click here.

Virtual Museum Tours: This article provides several African American or Black History Museums that your classroom can visit virtually. To view this article, click here.

We hope that you find some truly special, fun, and creative ways to discuss the amazing influences that Black culture and people have made in the arts and our lives!

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Black History Month and the Arts

This year's theme for Black History Month is "African Americans and the Arts." It's important to incorporate Black history, perspectives, and stories throughout the year, not just during Black History Month. Educators should avoid singling out Black students and emphasize that Black history is American history. Additionally, teaching Black history should not be limited to the past, as it is an ongoing and relevant part of history.

Resources for Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month in the classroom, educators can utilize various resources related to African American art, music, and history. These resources include lesson plans, art resources, the history of hip hop, playlists of influential Black history songs, and virtual museum tours. These resources aim to provide engaging and informative activities for students to learn about the significant contributions of Black culture and people in the arts and our lives.

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Black History Month Resources (2024)


What are 5 things about Black History Month? ›

Here are five important things to know about this meaningful commemoration:
  • It Started as a Week. In 1915, Harvard-educated historian Carter G. ...
  • Carter Woodson: The Father of Black History. ...
  • February Was Chosen for a Reason. ...
  • A Week Becomes a Month. ...
  • Honoring African-American Men and Women.
Feb 18, 2019

How can I help support Black History Month? ›

8 Ways to Honor Black History Month
  1. Educate Yourself on the Black History in Your Community.
  2. Visit a Black or African-American History Museum.
  3. Learn about Black Music History.
  4. Read Books Written by Black Authors.
  5. Watch Films or Videos by Black Creators.
  6. Support Black-owned Businesses.
  7. Support Influential Black-led Nonprofits.
Feb 10, 2023

How can we raise awareness for Black History Month? ›

How to Celebrate Black History Month at Work
  1. Engage Your Team in a Fun and Inspiring Experiences. ...
  2. Honor Black Musicians and Performers in the Music Evolution Event. ...
  3. Create a Black History Month Playlist. ...
  4. Learn from a Local Black Historian or Speaker. ...
  5. Explore Your Local Black History Museum.

Where can I learn more about Black History Month? ›

Historical Documents & Museum
  • Primary Documents Archives-
  • Learn Center - National Civil Rights Museum.
  • The Collection- National Museum of African American History & Culture.
  • 12 Black History Museums you can Explore from Home - Momma Wanderlust.
Jan 14, 2022

What is the 2024 Black History Month theme? ›

The 2024 theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” explores the creativity, resilience and innovation from a culture that has uplifted spirits and soothed souls in countless ways across centuries.

What are some forgotten black history facts? ›

Black History Month Trivia
  • William Tucker, son of indentured servants from Great Britain, was the first recorded African child to be born in the colonies in 1624.
  • Vermont was the first colony to ban slavery in 1777.
  • In the 1770s, a Quaker named Anthony Benezet created the first school for African American children.
Jan 11, 2022

How can I contribute to Black history? ›

How Can You Celebrate Black History Month?
  1. Educate yourself on Black History.
  2. Support Black-owned businesses.
  3. Donate to Black-led charitable organizations.
Feb 6, 2024

What do you say to honor Black History Month? ›

Inspirational Quotes for Black History Month
  • "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. ...
  • "Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America." ...
  • "Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. ...
  • "The time is always right to do what is right."
Feb 2, 2023

What to share for Black History Month? ›

Here are some social media post ideas to show support:
  • Educate others about black history and culture.
  • Attend a black history event or visit a black history museum and post pictures and videos of it.
  • Support businesses owned by black people.
  • Celebrate the achievements of black people throughout history.
Feb 2, 2024

What are the colors for Black history? ›

The four colours that are used for Black History Month are black, red, yellow and green. Black represents resilience, red denotes blood, yellow is optimism and justice, and green symbolises rich greenery.

How do I incorporate Black History Month at school? ›

Black History Month Ideas for School
  1. Review the Timeline of the Civil Rights Movement. ...
  2. Pen a Persuasive Essay. ...
  3. Write about Black History. ...
  4. Do a Crossword Puzzle on Civil Rights. ...
  5. Create an Encyclopedia of Black Leaders. ...
  6. Explore Famous Black Scientists in History. ...
  7. Conduct Experiments Inspired by the Works of Black Scientists.
Jan 24, 2024

What is the 3 5 black history? ›

Although the Constitution did not refer directly to slaves, it did not ignore them entirely. Article one, section two of the Constitution of the United States declared that any person who was not free would be counted as three-fifths of a free individual for the purposes of determining congressional representation.

What is a fact about Black History Month for kids? ›

1. Carter G. Woodson is known as the “Father of Black History” as he created the celebration that eventually became Black History Month. Graduating in 1912, Woodson was just the second Black American to graduate from Harvard University with a doctorate degree.

What is Black History Month known for? ›

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

What are some topics for Black History Month? ›

  • Slavery.
  • Abolition and Emancipation.
  • Reconstruction.
  • Segregation and Black Migration.
  • Civil Rights.
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