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.
  • History.com's Black History Month exhibit features video clips, great speeches and biographies of great African American icons. Try and ignore the numerous popup ads.
  • Biography.com 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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