Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to United States history. Get the story of the creation of the NAACP, famous firsts in African American history and other black history facts.
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Black History Month celebrates the contributions of African Americans to American history and culture.
In the 1950s and 1960s, civil rights activists in the United States used nonviolent protest, civil disobedience and legal action to end segregation and pursue equality for all Americans.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister and activist who led the U.S. civil rights movement from the 1950s until his 1968 assassination.
Slavery and its legacy have shaped American history, from the Civil War to Reconstruction in the 1860s and 1870s to the struggle over civil rights a century later.
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During the Reconstruction period 21 African Americans, including 10 former slaves, were elected to the United States Congress.
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Teacher's guide to the thousands of stories from individuals who lived during the civil rights era for the 1940s - 1960s.
Teacher's guide to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963.
Teacher's guide to George Washington Carver's life, his experiments, inventions and novel ideas, showing how this humble and quiet man became a primary contributor to the technological and economic life of the nation.