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President Gerald Ford first recognized Black History Month in 1976. Graphic: Getty Images.

Content for teachers during Black History Month

Check this guide with resources that educators can benefit from when planning their lessons.

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Black History Month is the time for teachers to educate and expose their students to the contributions and history of the Black community to the country. There are a variety of different organizations, websites and resources that teachers and schools can use as a model to shape their lessons — not only this month, but throughout the year. Read below some of them. 

BlackHistoryMonth.gov came up with a guide of ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids that teachers can use to infuse Black history into their lessons. It reunited resources from the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Arts, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

Last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education shared some other organizations that can serve as resources for schools and educators. Among them you can find the National Educational Association, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.  

The Free Library of Philadelphia has a calendar of events happening this month “dedicated to remembering, honoring, investigating, and celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans.” 

The Philadelphia Family reunited a list of a variety of cultural events happening in Philadelphia that educators may benefit from. Celebrations at places such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Franklin Institute, as well as trolley tours that include Philadelphia murals of Black figures and social justice issues, can be a great source of inspiration for lessons. 

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