Five Ways to Teach Black History Month

February is the month when we celebrate the rich history of the Black Diaspora and honor the brave men and women who have fought for the civil rights of African Americans.

National Geographic Education has just released a collection of resources to help educators teach this important topic to students of all backgrounds. Here are highlights from the collection comprising five ideas for classroom instruction.

Blog_Seacole_29419_250w.jpgRead inspiring profiles of prominent African Americans, from inventors of the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries to Mary Seacole, the black nurse/businesswoman/author/war heroine your students have probably never heard of.


Relive the drama of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches through an article and photo gallery documenting the 54-mile walk that led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. 

Images this page: 1. Mary Seacole, courtesy Mary Evans, Picture Library 2008 2. Selma-to-Montgomery sign, courtesy Mary Schons


Image courtesy Jamie Lawson, National Geographic My Shot

3. Discover the fascinating stories
of five people with five very different life experiences and one goal:
to bring the American Civil War to life in the 21st Century.

4. Introduce
your class to the concept of the Underground Railroad (Remember, some
students think it was an actual subterranean transportation route!)
through hands-on activities in which students create maps and “quilt”

5. Use media to help students’ contextualize their knowledge about the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad interactive highlights the important events, dates, and people involved in the movement, and an Underground Railroad map shows the movements of African Americans from slave to free states.

UndergroundRailroad_Map_23320_450w.jpgImage courtesy National Geographic Maps

Sarah Jane for National Geographic Education

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