Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Black History Month - Get Ready With These Resources

February is Black History Month. Whether you are looking for recommended resources to use in a report or in the classroom, or you would like to be better informed about this special month, here are some online resources to help get you started:
Note: Links marked with asterisk (*) require your Fauquier County Public Library card barcode to access.
  • findingDulcinea - Learning About African-American History is a well-researched collection of biographical articles and links to primary sources.
  • Biography In Context* has a special section dedicated to African Americans
  • The World Book Online Info Finder* has thousands of biography articles. When you log in, go to the Biography Center and browse the pre-selected categories, including "Leaders in the American civil rights movement," "Notable African American..." and more.
  • Britannica Online's* Guide to Black History Month is part of the Featured Spotlight section.
  • HeritageQuest Online's* Freedman's Bank Records - Search for individuals in Freedman's Bank (1865-1874), which was founded to serve African Americans.
  •'s Black History Month exhibit features video clips, great speeches and biographies of great African American icons. Try and ignore the numerous popup ads.
  • hosts a number of black history videos, featured biographies and fast facts.
  • The Library of Congress has a number of resources from their collections, including images and audio/video.
  • The Smithsonian has a variety of Black History Teaching Resources for use in the classroom.
  • Find related lesson plans and resources, meet the people, places and stories of African American history on the National Park Service's Web site.
  • PBS has a number of online resources related to African-American history, including: African American World Profiles and The African Americans: May Rivers to Cross.
  • Fact Monster (from Information Please) provides history and timelines, biographies and other special features related to Black History Month.
  • Students will enjoy BrainPOP movies on Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson and Civil Rights. You can watch a few movies for free before being prompted to sign up for a subscription.
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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