Great resources available for Black History Month
Have you ever heard of the town of Buxton, Iowa, a thriving town in the late 1800s composed largely of middle-class African Americans?
Buxton, along with many other resources, can make Black History Month come alive in your classroom. From the National African American History Month website to the Newseum, there are plenty of engaging ideas.
Get an up-close look at the people who were slaves. Read online historical newspaper accounts, watch videos and find lesson plans assured to give students a deeper meaning of the complexities of being African American in the past – and present. For an Iowa focus, read about the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1884 and the state’s timeline on civil rights.
And finally, check out Iowa Public Television’s thorough account on African Americans in Iowa.
Black History Month is an annual observance held during the month of February. Previously, it had been a weeklong observation started in 1926 to coincide with the birthdays of President Lincoln on Feb. 12 and Frederick Douglass, a former slave turned influential abolitionist and statesman, on Feb. 14.