February often inspires visions of winter snow, chocolate, pink hearts and roses. It’s a month that begins with a fury of events like Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day. Although the holidays and events never seem to stop, February is most important for our month long celebration of African-American History. Since 1976, the United States of America and Canada have annually celebrated Black History Month in February. In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African American historian and author, started Black History Week to help educate the American people about African Americans’ cultural backgrounds and achievements. Woodson understood the significant history of African Americans in America and hoped to educate others.  Woodson’s desire to share the history of African Americans lived on and developed from a weeklong celebration into Black History Month.

Educators can use Black History Month to teach invaluable life lessons and share significant parts of our country and world history.  February is a time to celebrate the extraordinary African Americans who inspired a nation, faced considerable hardships, and were pioneers in equality. Black History Month can be so much more then teaching about the past; it can continue to shape our future.

There are a number of lesson plan resources available to celebrate Black History Month. Infuse your lesson plans with some extra special sources such as videos, timelines and printable handouts!

  1. Thinkfinity
  2. History.com
  3. Pbs.org
  4. TeacherVision
  5. Biography.com

Do you have any great Black History Month Resources? Please share!

-Pearson School Systems Team