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Resources by Subject: Civil Rights & Black History

Resources, links, and subject pages for research topics and teacher's projects

Civil Rights Nonfiction Books

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow:

What can you do?

Civil Rights Biographies

Smithsonian National Museum of American History


Greensboro Lunch counter image

Greensboro Lunch Counter, 1960

On February 1, 1960, four African American college students protesting segregation entered a Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, North Carolina, sat down at this “whites-only” lunch counter, and politely asked to be served. When their request was denied, the students refused to leave.

Find out more at Smithsonian's American History Museum Website

Civil Rights Websites

A list of selected websites

Civil Rights Fiction

Black History Month Resources

African American History Month

February is African American History Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society..

Check out this link for a full calendar of free events and attend virtually: African American History Month 



28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month from

Celebrate Black History Month from PBS 

34 Black History Month Activities for February and Beyond from We Are Teachers

It's February, so many teachers and schools are taking time to celebrate Black History Month. According to Stanford historian Michael Hines, there are still misunderstandings and misconceptions about the past, present, and future of the celebration. In this installment of Tiny Lectures, Hines talks about the beginnings and evolution of Black History Month.

Michael Hines is an assistant professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He teaches courses on the history of education, and specifically the history of African American education, in the United States.


National Geographic for Kids


Explore the answers to How Black History Month started, what it honors, and Black History Month today.

Martin Luther King, Jr.