February is African American History Month. During this month, and throughout the year, we encourage our education community to honor and celebrate the achievements of African Americans. We want to recognize the countless ways in which African Americans have contributed to American culture and how they have led the way in advocating for civil rights, inclusion and racial equity.
Below you will find a list of resources, lesson plans and recommended readings for use throughout the month and beyond.
- Ethnic Studies Symposium Series | African American Studies
Deepen your knowledge and understanding of the history, culture, struggles, and contributions to American society of the African American community to prepare you to teach Ethnic Studies and commemorate Black History Month all year long.
Our keynote speakers include Dr. Tiffany Barber, Asst. Professor of African American Art, UCLA, and Kiese Lovette Vita, Professor, Cal State Dominguez Hills, teacher at Animo Jackie Robinson High School and educational consultant for supporting Black students. The training will also include an art activity and curated tour of African art at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.
- LACOE Board Resolution
- Download “Supporting the African American Learner”
- Additional Resources: Center for Racial Justice in Education | Black History Month Resource Guide for Educators and Families
- Edutopia | 6 Teaching Tools for Black History Month
- National Education Association | Black History Month Lessons & Resources
- PBS | 20 Pertinent Classroom Resources for Black History Month
- Teacher Vision | Black History Month Activities
- Teaching Tolerance | Black History Month: Teaching the Complete History
- Teaching Tolerance | Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence
- We Are Teachers | 33 Black History Month Activities for February and Beyond
- Teaching Black History Month: A Modern Update
- ADL | Black History Month Resources