Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month
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Black History Month
, or National African-American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African-Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African-Americans in U.S. history.  Learn more by visiting the
websites below.

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African American Odyssey

(Library of Congress)

This site showcases the African American collections of the Library of Congress. Displaying more than 240 items, including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings, this is the largest black history exhibit ever held at the Library of Congress.

Celebrate Black History Month

 (The History Channel)

This multimedia site includes a brief overview of the civil rights struggle, biographies of key players, and video clips of Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, and other famous Americans.


Famous African Americans

Find out more about African Americans who have changed history, achieved greatness, and made a significant mark on our culture, including Julian Bond, Medgar Evers, Mae Jemison, Lorraine Hansberry, Zora Neale Thurston, Mahalia Jackson, Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, Mos Def, Serena Williams, Muhammad Ali, and many others.


Black History Month

 (Time for Kids)

Meet the black leaders who inspire some of today’s African American leaders, read an interview with one of the original Tuskegee Airmen (and learn about the movie Red Tails), discover African American inventors whose inventions are part of everyday life, and much more in this multimedia site.


Black History Month Poets

To celebrate Black History Month in February — and the rich tradition of African American poetry all year long — browse essays on literary milestones and movements, find important books on black history and poetics, read archival letters from classic African American poets, and search poems about the African American experience by both classic and contemporary poets.

 African-American Negro Baseball League

Are you a baseball fan? Visit the website for the African-American Negro Baseball League Museum to learn about the league's history, players, and teams.


PBS television programs:

Unforgivable Blackness:

The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson


Jack Johnson — the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World, whose dominance over his white opponents spurred furious debates and race riots in the early 20th century — enters the ring once again in this PBS documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns.

Slavery and the Making of America

The first slaves were bought in 1619, the last freed in 1865. In the intervening 250 years, slaves labored to make America what it is today. This television series was produced by WNET.

Citizen King

This program, part of the American Experience series on PBS, pushes past the myths that have obscured Martin Luther King's story to reclaim the history of a people's leader. Using the personal recollections, diaries, letters, and eyewitness accounts of friends, family, journalists, law enforcement officers and historians, this film brings fresh insights to King's difficult journey, his charismatic — if at times flawed — leadership, and his truly remarkable impact.

Eyes on the Prize

The landmark documentary series. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1985.