In honor of Black History Month, here is a compilation of some great online resources from the Library of Congress to use in your classrooms!
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from Federal Writers Project
These articles present over 2,300 first person accounts of slavery and 500 photos of former slaves who were interviewed during the Great Depression.
Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site
This site features two of the schools who played a role in the 1954 Supreme Court decision stating that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."
The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925
This site traces how Southern African-Americans experienced Protestant Christianity and transformed in into the central institution of community life.
The Frederick Douglass Papers
The papers of the 19th century abolitionists who escpaed slavery and risked his freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher
Jackie Robinson: Beyond the Playing Field
This includes telegrams, letters and photosshowing how Robinson, the first African American to play in baseball in the big leagues during the 20th century, pressed for civil rights.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
featuring Atlanta's Auburn Avenue, the neighborhood where King was rasied and which became the center of African American life in Atlanta between 1910 and 1930
Photographs of the 369th Infantry and African Americans During WWI
This site tells the story of the "Harlem Hellfighters," an all-black regiment that was one of the most highly decorated regiments during a time of segregation in the Army and other parts of society.
Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey
Reflections on the life and legacy of the mediator and UN diplomat who was the first person of African heritage anywhere in the world to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.
This is a guide for studying black history and culture. Included topics cover colonization and Liberia, abolitionists, slavery, western migration, homesteading, Chicago and Nicodemus and ex-slave narratives.