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African American History Month

February is African American History Month, and March is Women's History Month. Reading the work of African American women authors can give students a look into how these histories overlap. FIND OUT MORE »

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Photograph, Garvey in custody of U.S. marshals en route..., 1925, UCLA.

Presents the life and work of black activist Marcus Garvey, leader of the [...] »

Circular advertising the Chicago Hot Shots. . . , Page 2, The Blues. . . site

How was the community support for and operation of Southern African American [...] »

Photo, Children on fence eating watermelon, 4th quarter of the 19th cent., VCU.

What might your life have been like as an African American in Virginia c. 1900? [...] »

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How do the buildings and artifacts at Mount Vernon reflect the lives of the [...] »

Photo, Students analyzing the Declaration of Independence. CHNM

Trying to promote more productive and engaging discussions? [...] »

A letter from Jasper Barney, LOC

Historian Chandra Manning analyzes Civil War letters from black and white Union [...] »

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Photo, Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, […] William P. Gottlieb, Library of Congress

In the early 20th century, the new music recording industry embraced hundreds [...] »

Photo, "Peace Plaza. . . ," 2008, Old Shoe Woman, Flickr Commons, cc

Answer these questions about memorials to the life and ideals of MLK. [...] »

Does the movie "Glory" depict historical accuracy or wholesale fiction? [...] »

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