There is no Frigate like a Book - Emily Dickinson

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Black History Month

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.

Still I Rise  - Maya Angelou

African American poet Maya Angelou recites an excerpt of her poem for us.

Out from the huts of history's shame

I rise

Up from a past rooted in pain

I rise

A black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak  miraculously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the hope and the dream of the slave.

And so, I rise

Who Shot Martin Luther King, Jr?

A rare 1992 documentary about the assassination and conspiracy to eliminate the famous civil rights leader.  This video can be found on the Critical Thinking Documentary page.

African American History Quizzes and Activities

How much do you know about history?

Rosa Parks

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.

Click here to open the exercise.


Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe

The famous book about slavery written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the lady that Abraham Lincoln said started the American Civil War.

 Read the book online.

Barack Obama - Inauguration Address

January 20, 2009 Barack Obama takes office as the first African American President of the United States of America - a country founded on slavery.


Poetry in the News

For his presidential inauguration Barack Obama chose a poet, Elizabeth Alexander to read on this monumental day.  Here she reads her poem of free verse entitled Praise Song for the Day.