Black History Month Resource Collection

Black History Month is more than a celebration of selected achievements by a talented few. It is a time for students, educators, and historians to deeply examine pivotal moments of the African American experience. The historical impact of African Americans on the story of America is profound and ongoing – but it is within the study of this history that we become better equipped to wrestle with the challenges and opportunities around contemporary discussions of racism.

Connecting Black History Month to Current Events

More than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, give students an overview of the problem of school segregation in the United States today and open a discussion about possible solutions.

This Teaching Idea helps students define the term, learn what forms reparations can take, and consider what reparations should be offered for slavery and other racist policies.

Teach students about Representative Shirley Chisholm’s groundbreaking career and connect her story to today’s 116th Congress—the most diverse federal legislative body in US history.

Help students develop a framework for analyzing and discussing the incidents of racial bias they’re seeing in the news and on social media.

Use this teaching idea to help your students draw connections between the long history of black women’s activism against sexual violence and gender discrimination with the #MeToo movement today. 

This teaching idea provides an overview of the ERA and a look at the history behind the struggle to ratify the amendment that would formally guarantee women equal rights to men under the US Constitution.

Stream the Eyes on the Prize Video Collection

Produced by Blackside, Inc. and nationally broadcast on PBS, this comprehensive 14-part television documentary series about the American Civil Rights Movement utilizes rare historical film and interviews with participants from pivotal moments in the struggle for civil rights. Users are required to log in to view and stream the full collection of videos. Facing History also has an Eyes on the Prize study guide that provides a framework for using the series in classrooms, important primary sources, and guiding questions to help teachers bring the history of the civil rights movement alive. Students may see themselves in the young people of the movement who chose to participate, tapping into their own power to fight for justice and equity.

Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings (1954–1956)

Episode 1 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" focuses on the early years of struggle for black freedom, including the lynching of Emmett Till, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the formation of the SCLC.

Eyes on the Prize: Fighting Back (1957–1962)

Episode 2 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" traces the African American community’s rejection of "separate but equal" education.

Eyes on the Prize: Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960–1961)

Episode 3 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" focuses on the participation of young people, including the formation of SNCC, college students' participation in lunch counter sit-ins, and the Freedom Rides.

Eyes on the Prize: No Easy Walk (1962–1966)

Episode 4 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" examines the emergence of mass demonstrations, documenting the march of Alabama school children against the spray of fire hoses and the historic 1963 March on Washington, DC.

Eyes on the Prize: Mississippi: Is This America? (1962–1964)

Episode 5 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" focuses on the extraordinary personal risks that citizens faced as they assumed responsibility for social change, particularly during the 1962-64 voting rights campaign in Mississippi.

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