Black History Month – Celebrating Great African-American Lives!

Every February, America observes a very special occasion called Black History Month. This observance serves as a time to remember and celebrate the many amazing accomplishments of African-Americans and their importance to our country’s history.

Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week, a week of celebration observed in mid-February. In 1976 it was expanded to become Black History Month, and it now stands as a wonderful tribute to the many exceptional African-Americans who have graced our country’s history.

This video highlights just some of the amazing African-Americans we celebrate during Black History Month.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is a website that tells all about Black History Month and how it came to be.
  • Here is a website that profiles 28 inspiring, influential African-Americans in honor of Black History Month.

Topics for Discussion:

  • What are some of the qualities the African-Americans presented above share in common?
  • Which of the African-Americans shown above inspires you the most? Why?

Take Action:

  • Visit your local library for books that will teach you more about Black History Month and the African-Americans it celebrates!
  • Visit the Family Education website’s Black History Month page to learn ways you can celebrate Black History Month!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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