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.
Below, you'll find Kid Reporters stories recognizing African American leaders in this country, from as early as the 1800s through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s to today. Plus, explore history through music.
For the latest on national and international events, movies, television, music, sports, and more, check out the Scholastic Kids Press Corps homepage.
Civil Rights Leaders
Kid Reporter Henry Dunkelberger interviews Rep. John Lewis about his experience as a Freedom Rider in 1961.
A documentary was released to commemorate the people and struggle behind one of the most important moments of the Civil Rights movement.
Nashville celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1960 sit-ins, which helped gain wide public support for the civil rights movement, with a program featuring Emmy-award winning political and social writer Juan Williams.
Before April 15, 1947, major-league baseball was a game of one color, until Jackie Robinson broke that color line.
Phoenix, Arizona was once called the "Mississippi of the West" because it segregated blacks from whites in public places.
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.
Like Amelia Earhart in her day, Chrystal Cole knew early on that she had to fly.
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.
"Writing is a muscle that needs to be exercised," the winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Honor told the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.
The former NBA star, now civil leader and businessman, discusses Black History Month.
Illustrator London Ladd brings the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to life in the book March On!
When Sharon Robinson wrote her latest book about her father, baseball legend Jackie Robinson, she had one message in mind: courage.
Music in History
Inspire students with this online curriculum about the history of rock and roll and major cultural movements in American and world history.