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The Scholastic Kids Press Corps is a team of about 50 Kid Reporters around the nation.  The interactive site brings daily news to life with reporting for kids, by kids.
John Lewis (left) as Freedom Rider, May 20, 1961. (Photo: Bettmann/CORBIS)

Black History Month

The achievements and contributions of African-Americans to U.S. history have been celebrated in this country since 1926. February became the month for recognition because it marks the birthdays of two men who positively influenced African Americans in the U.S.: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, which occurred in May 1961. Representative John Lewis (D-Georgia) was a key civil rights activist during that time. He spoke to Kid Reporter Henry Dunkelberger about those days when he was beaten and jailed fighting for a law that was on the books but not being observed in the south. A video of his powerful interview is below.

You will find many similar stories from Kid Reporters recognizing the achievements and accomplishments of African American leaders in this country. Check it out by taking a look at the stories below.

For the latest on national and international events, movies, television, music, sports, and more, check out the Scholastic Kids Press Corps homepage.

Articles

Legacy of a Dream
Legacy of a Dream
by Fred Hechinger
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February27,2013
The Church of the Intercession in New York was transformed into a movie theater recently for a very special event. On February 17, the church hosted a screening of the documentary King: A Filmed Recordā?¦ Montgomery to Memphis.
Honoring Rosa Parks
Honoring Rosa Parks
by Molly Pribble
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February5,2013
On Monday, America celebrates the 100th birthday of a civil rights icon: Rosa Parks. Parks was born on February 4, 1913. For the first 42 years of her life, she was an ordinary citizen. But all that changed during a simple bus ride.
The Emancipation Proclamation at 150
The Emancipation Proclamation at 150
by Hannah Prensky
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | January16,2013
On New Year's Eve, hundreds of people crowded in the Rotunda of the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Returning to the African Village
Returning to the African Village
by Abigail Gerber
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February24,2011
To celebrate Black History Month, the Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, hosted the event "Oral Traditions Today: Returning to the African Village."
The Freedom Rides - 50 Years Later
The Freedom Rides - 50 Years Later
by Henry Dunkelberger
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | January28,2011
Kid Reporter Henry Dunkelberger interviews Rep. John Lewis about his experience as a Freedom Rider in 1961.
Movie Review: <i>Freedom Riders</i>
Movie Review: Freedom Riders
by Fred Hechinger
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February23,2011
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. A new documentary was recently released to commemorate the people and struggle behind one of the most important moments of the Civil Rights movement.
Civil Rights in Arizona
Civil Rights in Arizona
by Abigail Gerber
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February23,2011
While the heart of the Civil Rights Movement was in the Deep South, a similar struggle was happening in Phoenix, Arizona, which was called the "Mississippi of the West" because it segregated blacks from whites in public places.
Prudence Crandall Educated All
Prudence Crandall Educated All
by Wanjiku Gatheru
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February23,2011
Prudence Crandall opened the Canterbury Female Boarding School in Canterbury, Connecticut in the fall of 1831. Today, it's a symbol of the fight for the civil rights.
<i>Zora and Me</i> and a 'Gator
Zora and Me and a 'Gator
by Maxwell Smith
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | January31,2011
Kid Reporter Maxwell Smith talks with the authors of Zora and Me, Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon. The book is a mystery that imagines the life of famed author Zora Neale Hurston as a fourth grader.
Zora Neale Hurston Revealed
Zora Neale Hurston Revealed
by Nick Berray
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February8,2011
Most young students have never heard of her, but she is one of the most inspirational and influential African American writers of all time. With a new young adult book, a younger generation is about to find out about Zora Neale Hurston.
<i>Zora and Me</i> Kicks Off New Mystery Series
Zora and Me Kicks Off New Mystery Series
by Maxwell Smith
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | January31,2011
Kid Reporter Maxwell Smith reviews the book Zora and me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon.
50 Years After Lunch Counter Sit-ins
50 Years After Lunch Counter Sit-ins
by Emma Hall
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February23,2010
Nashville celebrated the 50th anniversary of the lunch counter sit-ins that helped gain wide public support for the civil rights movement with a program featuring Emmy-award winning political and social writer Juan Williams.
Detroit Mayor David Bing
Detroit Mayor David Bing
by Charlie Kadado
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February23,2010
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is a star of the basketball court and boardroom. He is also one of about 650 African-American mayors in the United States who are celebrating Black History Month this February.
Music of the Civil Rights Movement
Music of the Civil Rights Movement
by Henry Dunkelberger
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February18,2010
The music of the civil rights was the focus of a workshop and concert at the White House to celebrate Black History Month.
Author Nikki Grimes Exercises
Author Nikki Grimes Exercises
by Ana Deluca-Mayne
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February4,2010
Exercise is a big part of author Nikki Grimes' life, but it's not just any muscle she works out six-days a week.
Jackie Robinson's Courage
Jackie Robinson's Courage
by Liam Childers
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February23,2010
When Sharon Robison wrote her latest book about her father, baseball legend Jackie Robinson, she had one message in mind: courage.
The Art of <i>Testing the Ice</i>
The Art of Testing the Ice
by Madeleine Horner
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | January29,2010
When artist Kadir Nelson began his illustrations of the book Testing the Ice, his goal was to "tell the story with pictures." His challenge was to do that in a way that went beyond turning words into drawings.
Book Review: <i>Testing the Ice</i>
Book Review: Testing the Ice
by Liam Childers
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | January29,2010
Kid Reporter Liam Childers reviews Testing the Ice by Sharon Robinson and Kadir Nelson.
Country Music Songwriter
Country Music Songwriter
by Aaron Broder
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | January29,2010
Alice Randall is an accomplished writer in more ways than one. She has published three novels, written screenplays, and was the first African-American woman to write a number one country song.
Historic March Comes to Life
Historic March Comes to Life
by Jeremy Sutton
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | January12,2010
Illustrator London Ladd brings the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King to life in the book March On!
Book Review: <i>March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World</i>
Book Review: March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World
by Jeremy Sutton
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | January12,2010
Kid Reporter Jeremy Sutton reviews the book March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World.
Tuskegee Pilot Chrystal Cole
Tuskegee Pilot Chrystal Cole
by Robyn Haynes
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | March13,2007
Like Amelia Earhart in her day, Chrystal Cole knew early on that she had to fly. Earhart discovered her desire to soar at a state fair when she was 10. Cole was in the sixth grade when she got her inspiration to fly from Earhart!
Sixty Years Later
Sixty Years Later
by Sean Coffey
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | February2,2007
Before April 15, 1947, major-league baseball was a game of one color. The only people who were allowed to play were white. Sixty years later, baseball is celebrating the man who broke that color line, Jackie Robinson.

Activities

March On! Video
March On! Video
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | Take a look at the power of this book about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech. March On! was written about the "I Have a Dream" speech. It was delivered by King during a march on Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963.
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