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Updated Jnauary 31st, 2000

Celebrate Black History!

Celebrate Black History Black history and culture is such a part of the American fabric -- and the school curriculum -- that it's difficult to imagine a time when that wasn't so. Established as Negro History Week in the 1920's by Carter G. Woodson, February was chosen for the celebration because Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln were born in this month. Extended to a month-long celebration in 1976, Black History Month is an opportunity to emphasize the history and achievements of African Americans.

This week, Education World presents a handful of stories to kick off Black History Month 2000.

This week:

  • Ten Activities Celebrate Achievements of African Americans!
    With the assistance of the Web, you can incorporate activities that reflect the positive impact black Americans have had on our nation's history. Included: Ten Internet-based activities to celebrate Black History Month.

  • Climb Aboard the Underground Railroad T.O.U.R.!
    Now in its third year, a project that assists teachers and students who are studying the Underground Railroad has gone global with its own Web site. The coordinators of this project say, "Climb aboard!" You will share, learn, and uncover a bit of America's lost past.

  • Travel the Underground Railroad!
    In The Underground Railroad, a new book from Scholastic, author Raymond Bial paints a vivid picture of the lives of slaves and of the emotions behind their desperate need to escape, whatever the risks. Bial visits slave cabins, auction yards, and other stops along the Underground Railroad as he introduces readers to some of the heroes -- black and white -- of the time.

  • Great Sites for Teaching About the Underground Railroad
    Ten great Web sites for use across the grades!