Civil Rights Movement


From the PBS website:

Eyes on the Prize is an award-winning 14-hour television series produced by Blacksideand narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985.

Series topics range from the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954 to the Voting Rights Act in 1965; from community power in schools to "Black Power" in the streets; from early acts of individual courage through to the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions.

Civil Rights Leaders and Activists (Core Knowledge)

General information about the Civil Rights Movement:

Kids Infobits-->click on History & Social Studies-->U.S. History-->Civil Rights Movement

Slavery and the Making of America PBS

From the PBS website:

Slavery and the Making of America is a four-part series documenting the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies to its end in the Southern states and the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction. Drawing on a wealth of recent scholarship, it looks at slavery as an integral part of a developing nation, challenging the long held notion that slavery was exclusively a Southern enterprise. At the same time, by focusing on the remarkable stories of individual slaves, it offers new perspectives on the slave experience and testifies to the active role that Africans and African Americans took in surviving their bondage and shaping their own lives.

Slave Trade and Slavery

Slave Life and Slave Codes


Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project

Stories told by slaves, in their own words. These are invaluable primary source documents and present detailed descriptions of slave life.

Fifty Years in Chains -or- The Life of an American Slave (originally published in 1859)

The electronic edition is a part of the UNC-CH digitization project, Documenting the American South.

From the Preface:

"My story is a true one, and I shall tell it in a simple style. It will be merely a recital of my life as a slave in the Southern States of the Union - a description of negro slavery in the "model Republic."

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record

Jerome S. Handler and Michael L. Tuite Jr.

The approximately 1,275 images in this collection have been selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public - in brief, anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World.

Black History Month Resources

PBS Black History Month

Brain Pop --Black History Month Resources

Requires login and password information to access.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence loads of links to other websites

U.S National Archives and Records Administration includes Primary source documents including Rosa Parks arrest records This one you will just have to explore because it is very deep.

The Biography Channel Black History includes videos and a Photo Gallery

From the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Spotlight on African American Scientist

African American Odyssey Library of Congress

From SchoolTube:

In the first part of this video, students portray famous figures in black history speaking quotes from their lives. The second part has those characters reciting part of the MLK's I Have a Dream speech. This portrayal gave the students unique insight into the lives of these people and of the importance of MLK's speech in history.

Scholastic’s Black History In America

The History Channel’s Black History site

African American Cultural Heritage Tour from the Smithsonian includes images, audio, questions, and quizzes

MLK's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. Click here to see a complete transcript of the speech.

The Encyclopedia Britannica’s Guide To Black History

Black History Month: Activities and Resources for Children

From FamilyEducation --Celebrate Black History Month with your children this February, and spend some extra time learning about the extraordinary accomplishments of African-Americans. Download printables and coloring pages for kids, take quizzes, find activities, and read articles about the historic struggle for civil rights.

Time For Kids

From Emmett Till To Barack Obama a slideshow from Time magazine

From the BBC "Free at Last" , an amazing interactive timeline (so fun!)

The Guardian, a UK newspaper, offers another interactive timeline

Timeline of African American History from the San Francisco Chronicle

Black Voices "man on the street" interviews are engaging and thought provoking, e.g., should we continue to observe Black History month?

Channel One's Twisted Timeline requires you to put jumbled events into the correct order

Let's Talk about Black History Month--The Kid's Corner , from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, articles about notable African Americans including Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Ida Well-Barnett, etc.

Martin Luther King Resources

The purpose of this website is to chronicle the story of Martin Luther King as well as the Seattle Times story about him. It provides a reliable source of information and "We invite you to explore it."


Tour MLK's home and Ebenezer Baptist Church