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African-American History Web Resources

Websites and articles on school integration in 1950s, the NAACP, Frederick Douglass, and more

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Websites

Academy of Achievement
The Academy of Achievement provides fascinating profiles, biographies, and interviews with outstanding individuals in the fields of the Arts, Business, Public Service, Science and Exploration, Sports, and the American Dream. Rosa Parks is one of the featured achievers.

 

Biographical Profiles of Important 19th Century African Americans
The nineteenth century African Americans profiled here include Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Nat Turner, as well as some lesser-known figures such as Mary Ann Shadd.
 

Civil Rights: Brown v. Board of Education I (1954)
This site contains full texts of historic Supreme Court decisions that affected African-Americans. The section on segregation includes the text of Brown v. Board of Education I (1954) and other important cases addressing issues dealing with integration and segregation in American society.
 

Frederick Douglass
This site features a complete biography of Frederick Douglass, a chronology, and a reading list. It also contains the "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave," written by Douglass himself.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.
This site focuses on the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. There are time lines documenting his life and the history of the civil rights movement, as well as sections that provide a more in-depth view. The site contains audio downloads and a photo tour of the civil rights movement.
 

NAACP Online
The site of the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, focuses on the long history of this major group, its organization, programs, community issues, the recent church burnings, and membership information.
 

National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee
This compact site covers the civil rights movement and desegregation -- from Brown v. Board of Education to the impact of the civil rights movement on our lives today.
 

School Integration in the United States
Exploring the history of U.S. school integration with text and some photos, this site begins with background on the post-Civil War status of African Americans and the "separate but equal" ruling of Plessy vs. Ferguson. It ultimately examines the groundbreaking case of Brown vs. Board of Education and its ramifications. The six main sections of this site are easy to access through a linkable index.
 

The Constitution of the United States of America
Leading off with the Preamble, the U.S. Constitution is provided at this site, organized under the seven Articles, which can then be broken down into the sections to read the full text. There are descriptive titles for each article and section so that topics can be easily accessed, and the amendments and a list of signers are here as well.
 

Timeline of the American Civil Rights Movement
This timeline spans from the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision to 2003, highlighting milestones in the American Civil Rights Movement. There are photos and several links for more information, including links to primary source documents.

 

Articles

A Conflict in Black and White (Scholastic Search)

Equal Rights: Are We There Yet? (Scholastic News)

Interview With Congressman John Lewis (Scholastic News)

The Fight for Equal Rights Continues (Scholastic News)

A Long Road to Freedom (A Play): Fannie Lou Hamer (Scholastic Action)

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