Help learners celebrate Black history with these videos, lessons, podcasts, and more.

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The inclusion of Black history and culture is essential for an accurate and true representation of American (and world) history overall. Black History Month is a time to highlight the people who have not only created foundational innovations, art, and achievements, but also organized and protested for equal rights and freedoms.

Of course, the civil rights movement and figures like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks are integral pieces of this history. But there are lesser-known -- and incredibly impactful -- people and contributions that illustrate an even greater breadth and depth of Black history and culture.

Below you'll find resources -- including videos, texts, lessons, podcasts, and more -- about activists, art and culture, inventors, engineers, historical events, and beyond. And to extend your search even further, don't miss the list of broader collections found at the bottom of this article. Every resource we've curated here has a suggested grade band, but many are flexible and adaptable to just about any age group. Consider the possibilities for how you might integrate these resources into your instruction (or use them at home!) during Black History Month or any time of the year!

Consider a variety of ways to use these resources in your classroom:

  • Have kids peruse this list and find what interests them the most, then use a jigsaw or flipped-classroom approach to help them share their findings.
  • Choose several exhibits or resources about art or music that students can respond to, before and after getting some context.
  • Have students pick lesser-known Black/Afro-Latino figures to research further and share about.
  • Curate your own collection from these and other resources to always have available for kids to explore.
  • Challenge students to find and research even more Black inventors and engineers.
  • Highlight some of the most pivotal and essential contributions from Black figures that students might not have known about.
  • Compare and contrast different movements and activists in terms of their messages, methods, and momentum.
  • Ask students to choose a historical figure whom they look up to the most, or find most inspirational, then write about why.

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A reminder for teachers: Navigate stories and images of oppression and violence with care. Black history is a complicated mix of both triumph and tribulations. While Black history doesn't begin or end with slavery or the injustices of racism, these harsh realities are part of it. Keep in mind your students' abilities when it comes to processing what they're reading, seeing, and listening to, and be aware that triggering topics can sometimes be more traumatic for Black and Brown kids

Black History Resources: Places and Events

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Find out what kids already know about events and places connected to Black history, and then go on a journey to discover even more with these articles and videos.

Black History Resources: Activism

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Working toward equal rights is a critical part of Black history. While it's important to acknowledge the most prominent and familiar figures, the resources below also elevate those who might be lesser-known, helping add depth and breadth to students' learning about the civil rights movement and beyond.

Black History Resources: Arts and Culture

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This curation features music, visual art, dance, and literature from throughout Black history, and the artists who bring it all to life.

Black History Resources: STEM Topics

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Learn the amazing accomplishments of these scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and inventors who made an indelible imprint on history and society.

More Black History Resources and Collections

If you want a source that houses a treasure trove of resources, look no further! And if you want something that touches on topics not addressed above, check out these other possibilities.

Images courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action, and iStock.

Christine Elgersma

Christine Elgersma is Senior Editor, Learning Content, Strategy which means she manages the newsletter about learning, edits writing about learning, and loves to learn. Before coming to Common Sense, she helped create ELA curriculum for a K-12 app and taught the youth of America as a high school teacher, a community college teacher, a tutor, and a special education instructional aide for about 18 years. Christine is also a writer, primarily of fiction and essays, and loves to read all manner of books. When she's not putting on a spontaneous vaudeville show with her daughter, Christine loves nature, music, and almost any form of dark chocolate.