Black History Month

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Learning Links & Puzzles

Martin Luther King Jr. Learning Links The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project This project is, “A major research effort to assemble and disseminate historical information concerning Martin Luther King, Jr. and the social movements in which he participated.”  The Publications Section includes original recordings of Martin Luther King, Jr., autobiographies, books inspired by Dr. King, original sermons and a collection of important documents.  You’ll find a section devoted to his biography, as well as, a chronology highlighting major events associated with him.  There is a new Interactive chronology (Flash plug-in required).   There is a multimedia page with audio exerts, various articles and the, “I have a dream” speech in multiple languages.Source:     Stanford University  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Since 1994, thousands of Americans will remember Dr. King by serving in their communities — by making the holiday “a day ON, not a day off.“ This organization has assembled wonderful tools to assist you in making your service project successful and beneficial to your area.Source:     The Corporation for National and Community Service and the King Center  Martin Luther King, Jr. & Black History Month This collection is a select group of reference materials.  Under the main heading of Martin Luther King, Jr. & Black History Month you’ll find a biographical sketch, timeline of events, and links to sites devoted to him.  Also available are news sources with pertinent articles, the complete “I Have a Dream” speech, African American history sources and African American biography resources.  There’s selected literature, letters, presentations and seminars as well.Source:     University of Louisiana State Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana  The Pledge of Nonviolence ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. January 15th, 1929 – April 3rd, 1968   ClipArt available from Clipart.com Each year on the third Monday in January, we observe the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King was raised by his parents to treat others with respect, no matter their color.  As he grew older he began to realize whites and blacks were treated differently in, and by, society.  His ultimate goal was to change that fact. Educated Leader      King attended the Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and studied important historical figures such as Mahatma Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau.  At college he met Coretta Scott, who he would later marry.  In 1954, at age 25, King received his PhD and was thereafter known as Dr. King.  After receiving his PhD, he became a pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.  In 1957 he became president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  In 1959 he went to India with his wife and studied, in great detail, Satyagraha.  This was Gandhi’s principle of non-violent persuasion, which Dr. King incorporated into his teachings.  He then wrote his first book called, “Stride Toward Freedom” which was highly successful. Voice of Freedom On the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, August 28th, 1963, Dr. King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.  It was in front of the Lincoln Memorial and over 200,000 people were present.  This famous speech engrained itself into the hearts and minds of the American people.  At age 35, in 1964, he became the youngest man, 2nd American and...

Black History: Making a Difference

Black History – Making a Difference The purpose of this special section is to highlight the lives of African-Americans who are making a difference in our world today.  The staff of ClassBrain feels that the accomplishments of those listed below are nothing short of outstanding and should be recognized. Tyrone Willingham Tyrone Willingham, formerly the head coach of the football program at Stanford University, was recently announced as the new head coach for the Notre Dame football program.  The Black Coaches Association named Tyrone Willingham as “National Coach of the Year” in 1995 and 1996.  The BCA is a non-profit organization whose primary function is to foster growth and development of minorities at all levels of sports, both nationally and internationally.  Willingham is making a difference today as he is the very first black head coach in any sports club for the Irish.  In a sport frequently criticized for its lack of minority head coaches, he is paving the way for future African-American athletes and coaches and should be recognized for his talent. Source:      Student Advantage, Inc. Image courtesy of John Hopkins Medicine Dr. Benjamin Carson Image courtesy of John Hopkins Medicine Life wasn’t always joyous for Ben Carson.  He went from being a ghetto kid with problems in school to the most celebrated pediatric neurosurgeon in the world, but not without hard work.  Ben was the youngest person ever to be named head brain surgeon at John Hopkins Memorial in Maryland.  His practice includes traumatic brain injuries, brain and spinal cord tumors, neurological and congenial disorders, and many more specializations.  His is active in...

February – Black History Quiz

Black History Month: How Much Do You Really Know? Black History Month: How Much Do You Really Know? It’s important when learning to remember the facts. Here’s your chance to test your knowledge. Choose one answer for each question. Take your time and good luck!   1. Frederick Douglass published which newspaper? Atlantic NewsNorth Star Freedom Today The Douglass Times     2. W.E.B. Du Bois was the founder and general secretary of what movement? African-American Scholar MovementThe Justice Movement Equal Rights Movement The Niagara Movement     3. Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa in what year? 19941988 1999 1984     4. Social reformer Harriet Tubman guided approximately how may slaves to freedom? 30150 300 222     5. In July of 1999, who was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal? Jackie RobinsonRosa Parks Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson Spike Lee     6. Who was the first African-American to be honored on a U.S. postage stamp? Booker T. WashingtonFrederick Douglass Charles Drew Langston Hughes     7. As a result of what case did the Supreme Court rule that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional? United States v. LouisianaBrown v. Board of Education Levers v. Anderson Brown v. Elliott     8. About how many people listened to Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech? 50,000500 1,200 250,000     9. What is the definition of lynching? ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Coloring Page

Use your imagination to decorate this coloring page of Martin Luther King, Jr. Download the Martin Luther King Jr. Coloring Page (PDF format) Suggested Reading on Martin Luther King Jr. Suggested Films on Martin Luther King Jr. Cite this… (new...

Black History – Suggested Films

The Road To Freedom DVD Set Follow in the steps of escaped slaves–and the men hired to hunt them–in this riveting set featuring five complete programs. African-American Heroes of WWII DVD Set The four complete programs in this set illuminate the difficult duty drawn by American’s black soldiers during World War II. Voices of Civil Rights DVD Join us for a fascinating look at one of the defining social movements in America’s history–the Civil Rights Movement–told through the small, personal stories of men, women, and children who lived through this turbulent time. Frederick Douglass DVD As a young man, he experienced the brutality of slavery firsthand. As a leader of the abolitionist movement, he became one of America’s great voices. America’s Black Warriors: Two Wars to Win DVD They battled not just the enemy, but against entrenched racism in the U.S. Armed Forces Colin Powell and others tell the true story of AMERICA’S BLACK WARRIORS. The Underground Railroad DVD This important set explores the world of America’s first civil rights movement through three powerful programs. Cite this… (new...

Black History Study Links

Black History – Study Links A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.          Check out important dates in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the writings of Dr. King by title, a complete biography, summary, and a list of books for further reading. Source:      B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University The African American Journey In three parts: African American History; African American Literature: Voices of Slavery and Freedom; and Heart and Soul: A Celebration of African American Music.  Discover the roots of African-American heritage. Source:      World Book, Inc. CNN – Black History Month Explore Civil Rights, the first black astronaut to walk in space, video clips of sights and sounds that have marked the black experience in the U.S., 29 days of black history, a virtual tour through the Civil Rights Movement, and related stories and sites. Source:      Cable News Network, Inc. The Underground Railroad Here you can learn about the Journey, Routes to Freedom, Timeline of Events, Faces of Freedom, resources, and links.  There is also a special section for kids with questions and answers and classroom ideas. Source:      National Geographic Society Black History Learn about ‘Then and Now’ through interactive milestones, the ‘Fight for Rights’ through the History Challenge, ‘Oh, Grow Up!’ where you guess who the kids are, and ‘Now Hear This’, where you can hear some famous moments in black history. Source:      Time For Kids.com Gale Black History Month For biographies of African-American individuals, a timeline of events, activities, quizzes, and African-American Literature, Gale provides free...

Black Music Month

Black Music Month June   On May 31st, 2002, President Bush proclaimed the month of June to be Black Music Month.  Recognition of this critical part of American heritage will be highlighted all month long with various events urging citizens to revel in the many forms of music from gospel to hip-hop. African-American musicians, singers, and composers have contributed an immense amount to our nation’s history. It should be acknowledged and celebrated.  Below are some links to get you started in the exploration of this vast area of musical talents.  We’ve also added a timeline of links that explores important people through biographies and music samples.  Take part in this celebration and learn something new! Black Music Month A Timeline of the People Learning Links for Black Music Month Presidential Proclamation This is a copy of the official proclamation in which President Bush announced that June is Black Music Month.  Read what this celebration is all about. Source:     U.S. Department of State      Archives of African-American Music and Culture The archives of african music and american culture Source:     Indiana University   Musical Styles and Genres The cbmr  Simply click on the genre of music to read a brief definition of its style. Source:     Columbia College Chicago Center for Black Music Research Library Resources The CBMR Library Resources includes research services, bibliographies and music lists, a discography of music by black composers, many musical styles and genres, and selected archival materials. Source:     Columbia College Chicago   The Red Hot Jazz Archive The Red Hot Jazz Archive tells the history of jazz before 1930.  Is a place to study and enjoy the early music of jazz.  Using multimedia technology and combining the best...