Black History Month

Each year, during February, we celebrate the history and cultural contributions of Black Americans in the United States. Students learn about the achievements, perspectives, struggles, and experiences of Black Americans throughout more than 400 years of American history. The following websites provide a variety of lessons, activities, and instructional materials that can be used to honor Black History Month and to support instruction in Ethnic Studies: African American Studies and other social studies courses throughout the year. 

Texas State History Museum - The African American Story
From the Bob Bullock Museum, this website provides a historical overview of the history, culture, and contributions of African Americans in Texas.

Prairie View A & M University - Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture
The Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture (TIPHC) at Prairie View A&M University was established in 1999 by the Texas Legislature. TIPHC gives special emphasis to collecting, preserving, and studying information and items relating to the contributions of African Americans to Texas history and culture.

Texas Historical Commission - African American Heritage
This Texas Historical Commission website provides a historical overview of African Americans in Texas along with both print and digital resources. 

Texas State Historical Association - African Americans
This resource provides an overview of the history of African Americans in Texas, with links to external resources embedded within the text. 

Texas State Library and Archives Commission - Texas Remembers Juneteenth
This website provides an overview of the history of Juneteenth, along with archives of documents, images, and manuscripts.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park preserves the birth home of Martin Luther King, Jr. The website provides a video tour of the birth home and primary resources of his sermons, speeches, and writings.

National Museum of African American History and Culture
The newest museum of the Smithsonian Institute is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. 

African American History Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

National Archives - African American History
The National Archives has compiled video resources, blogs, documents, and online exhibits including both primary and secondary sources documenting the African American experience. 

National Endowment for the Humanities - African American History and Culture
The National Endowment for the Humanities website provides a collection of lessons and resources for K-12 social studies, literature, and arts classrooms that center around the achievements, perspectives, and experiences of African Americans across U.S. history.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Black History Month
This website details the involvement of African American troops in World War II as both liberators of concentration camps and prisoners of war. 

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