February 2, 2021Resources
UTLA Celebrates Black History Month
Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.
In remembrance of important people and events in US history we celebrate Black History month with some resources for educators.
UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz - Friday, February 5, 2021
I am feeling that this is a Black History Month like no other, coming after a righteous reckoning on racism and the unjust killing of Black people by the police.
We are living history. The Nobel Peace Prize nomination for the Black Lives Matter Movement is history. The Nobel Peace Prize nomination for voting rights activist Stacey Abrams is history.
And we know the truth about Black History Month. It should not be a month — it should be all the time. Year-round we need to mark the achievements of Black people and celebrate those who are still rising and blazing trails. Year-round we need to commit to action — to dismantling the scaffolds on which white supremacy is built‚ including in our systems of education, and to keep pushing ourselves as educators toward anti-racist practices in our schools.
We’ll share some resources in the chat, including a link to Black Lives Matter at Schools, which is building an awesome Year of Purpose to advance abolitionist practice and uproot institutional racism.
On Feb. 1, 1865, the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, was officially passed and inducted into the Constitution. It took a long time, hundreds of thousands of people taking radical steps to overcome. We were not out of the woods, however. Racism morphed into laws, policies, systems and mindsets of superiority. It's not over.
Black Lives Matter at Schools means teaching from an abolitionist framework and teaching our students to critically think about the events in history from a place of trauma, injury and truth.
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The Little-Known Underground Railroad That Ran South to Mexico
Unlike the northern free states, Mexico didn’t agree to return people who had fled slavery.
- BECKY LITTLE for History.com
The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel peace prize for the way its call for systemic change has spread around the world.
Martin Belam for The Guardian
U.S. voting rights activist Stacey Abrams nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Classroom Lesson Plans
Integrating African-American Culture & History into Your Curriculum
By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer.
To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, we offer a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety subjects and that can be adapted to fit multiple grade levels.
NEA Read Across America in February
Recommended books for all ages
Honors the contributions of African-Americans to the history, culture, and education of the United States during Black History Month.
All American music has been influenced by African-American musical tradition and there are wonderful books to help readers explore and understand the powerful role music plays in history and culture.
AFT Share my Lesson resource
This February, start your Black History Month lesson planning with Share My Lesson’s expanded collection. You’ll find lessons, worksheets and activities to teach your preK-12 students about key events and individuals whose accomplishments continue to influence us today.
You'll also get ideas and resources for integrating African-American history and culture into all aspects of the yearlong curriculum including features for literature, history, biographies of notable Black Americans, film, music, art, migration/immigration, the struggle for civil rights both past and present, racism and current events.
AFT First Book Marketplace
Delivering possibilities for children in need
This selection focuses on Black History with African-American interest.