Teaching Notes - Black History
Have students do research and come up with a school wide Black
History quiz. Each day they can give a short question on a famous
person or event in Black History. I had my students do a
biography of a living Black person who is making our world better.
Black History Month
The origins of Black History Month can be traced
back to the creation of the Association for the Study of
Afro-American Life and History, founded by historian and scholar
Dr. Carter G.
Woodson in 1915. In 1926, he proposed the creation of a "Negro
History Week" to honor the history and contributions of
African-Americans. Woodson chose the second week of February to pay
tribute to the birthdays of two Americans that dramatically affected
the lives of African Americans: Abraham Lincoln and
Douglass (February 14). In 1976, the week-long observance
officially became Black History Month.