Black History Month
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
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.
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Before April 15, 1947, major-league baseball was a game of one color. Sixty years later, baseball is celebrating the man who broke that color line, Jackie Robinson.
Like Amelia Earhart in her day, Chrystal Cole knew early on that she had to fly.
Illustrator London Ladd brings the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to life in the book March On!
Kid Reporter Jeremy Sutton reviews the book March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World.
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.
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.
Kid Reporter NAME reviews Testing the Ice by Sharon Robinson and Kadir Nelson.
Exercise is a big part of author Nikki Grimes' life, but it's not just any muscle she works out six-days a week.
The music of the civil rights was the focus of a workshop and concert at the White House to celebrate Black History Month.
Recently, Nashville celebrated the 50th anniversary of the lunch counter sit-ins around the nation 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 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.
When Sharon Robison wrote her latest book about her father, baseball legend Jackie Robinson, she had one message in mind: courage.
Kid Reporter Henry Dunkelberger interviews Rep. John Lewis about his experience as a Freedom Rider in 1961.
Kid Reporter Maxwell Smith recently interviewed the authors of Zora and Me Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon at the Hue-Man Bookstore in Harlem, New York. The book is a mystery that imagines the life of famed author Zora Neale Hurston as a fourth grader.
Kid Reporter Maxwell Smith reviews the book Zora and me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon.
Most students younger than eighth grade 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 out that imagines her life as a fourth grader, a younger generation is about to find out about Zora Neale Hurston.
The heart of the Civil Rights Movement was in the Deep South in states like Mississippi and Alabama. A similar struggle was happening In Phoenix, Arizona, however, which was called the "Mississippi of the West" because it segregated blacks from whites in public places.
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.