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African American History Month

February is African American History Month, and March is Women's History Month. Reading the work of African American women authors can give students a look into how these histories overlap. FIND OUT MORE »

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Photograph, Marian Anderson with Kosti Vehanen, 1935, Nancy M. Shawcross, UPenn.

Travel through the life and works of Marion Anderson with this online exhibit. [...] »

Negative, Richmond, Virginia. Group of Negroes ("Freedmen"), 1865, LoC

Follow the emancipation process through the eyes of its participants. [...] »

Photo, Fats Waller dresses for show at the London Palladium, 1938, Ed Kirkeby.

Meet legendary jazz pianist Fats Waller. Be at the forefront of musical history. [...] »

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Painting, John Brown, 1867, Thomas S. Noble, NYPL Digital Gallery

Did Northerners all respond the same way to Brown's infamous raid? Southerners? [...] »

Photo, WAVE Apprentice Seaman Frances Bates, 1945, NARA

How do you incorporate African American history in your teaching? African [...] »

Photo, . . .  a Cherokee Indian 'squaw' and her 'papoose, 1939, TN Archives

A Cherokee Nation Supreme Court document reveals the fluidity of racial [...] »

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Photo, "Peace Plaza. . . ," 2008, Old Shoe Woman, Flickr Commons, cc

Answer these questions about memorials to the life and ideals of MLK. [...] »

Photo, Civil Rights March on Washington, DC , 1963, NARA

To each prophet, a certain way of speaking. Match civil rights leaders with [...] »

Photo, Boxers Marty Cutler and Jack Johnson in ring [...] Library of Congress

These African American athletes drew crowds with their skill and determination [...] »

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