Black History Month is usually celebrated in February of each year, however with historical inauguration of the first black president of the United States on January 20, 2009, Black History Month will begin a little early this year.
On this page you will find exercises and activities highlighting the struggles, and accomplishments of African Americans from slavery to president.
African American poet Maya Angelou recites an excerpt of her poem for us.
Out from the huts of history's shame
Up from a past rooted in pain
A black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak miraculously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the hope and the dream of the slave.
And so, I rise
Rosa Parks is an American Civil Rights Icon. Find out why. Watch this video version of Rosa Parks' story, then complete the fill in the blank exercise.
The famous book about slavery written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the lady that Abraham Lincoln said started the American Civil War.
January 20, 2009 Barack Obama takes office as the first African American President of the United States of America - a country founded on slavery.