Black History Month is more than remembering the civil rights movement. Even though the civil rights movement was a huge turning point in our country, Black History Month recognizes all of the contributions made by African Americans. Black history and culture can be celebrated across the curriculum because the contributions have been to all aspects of our culture from business, arts, entertainment, science, to religion. To help teach your students the range of these contributions here are some great resources:
1) LPB and State Archives are compiling the Louisiana Digital Media Archive, a collection of the videos produced over the last 40 years. New clips are being added daily. Go to http://ladigitalmedia.org and search for black history or go to this link http://ladigitalmedia.org/video_v2/sublisting/TOPIC-0014 and there you will find clips on Plessy v. Ferguson, the Emancipation Proclamation in Louisiana, Ernest Gaines, Willie Davenport, Louisiana civil rights events, oral histories of African American leaders, musicians, artists, politicians, and more.
If there is a particular person in Louisiana history (primarily in modern Louisiana history) that you would want to include in your lessons throughout the school year, please let me know. If we have any video available, we will see whether we can get it quickly posted.
3) Special programs on LPB for Black History Month:
• Shakespeare Uncovered: Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman, February 6th at 9 p.m.; February 7th at 1 a.m.
• Shakespeare Uncovered: Othello with David Harewood, February 6th at 10 p.m.; February 7th at 2 a.m.
• Antiques Roadshow: Celebrating Black Americans, February 9th at 8 p.m.; February 10th at 12 a.m. Independent Lens:
• Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, February 17th at 10 p.m. on LPB; February 18th at 3 a.m.; February 22nd at 1 a.m.
• August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, February 20th 9 p.m. ; February 21st 1 a.m. ; February 23rd at 2:30 a.m.
• Independent Lens: American Denial, February 24th at 10 p.m. on LPB; February 24th at 12 a.m. on LPB2; February 25th at 3 a.m. on LPB;
4) Check the hundreds of thousands of resources, video clips, images, writing prompts, etc., available on LPB LearningMedia and Discovery streaming at http://www.lpb.org/education. You will find resources for all ages and grade levels. The content theme for Black History can be found at http://www.lpb.org/education.
Two reminders unrelated to Black History Month:
The deadline for Young Heroes nominations has been extended to February 13th. Don’t miss this chance to honor your students who are doing something exceptionally good. For more information http://www.lpb.org/heroes.