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: Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More (1964–1972)

Episode 11 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" chronicles Muhammad Ali's career, describes the movement at Howard University for black studies, and documents the National Black Political Convention at Gary, Indiana.

Eyes on the Prize: A Nation of Law (1968–1971)

Episode 12 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" examines the government's response to the Black Panther Party in Chicago and the FBI's covert program to disrupt and neutralize black organizations, including the Black Panthers.

Eyes on the Prize: The Keys to the Kingdom (1974–1980)

Episode 13 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" describes the desegregation and busing of Boston Public Schools, assesses the success of affirmative action in Atlanta, and examines the case of medical student Alan Bakke.

Eyes on the Prize: Back to the Movement (1979–mid 1980s)

Episode 14 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" contrasts Miami and Chicago in the early 1980s, traces the election of Harold Washington as Chicago's first black mayor, and explores themes of power and powerlessness.

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