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January 31, 2022

Resources for Black History Month

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February is Black History Month, and we’ve collected some ready-to-teach lessons to help your class students get to know some inspirational Black leaders, artists, scientists, and more! Follow the links below to preview the Decks and make your own copies!

PBS Newshour Classroom

Serena Williams holds a tennis ball

A look at Serena Williams' legacy as she nears retirement

Serena Williams took to the court at the U.S. Open to compete in what was the last Grand Slam of her legendary career. No one denies she’s changed the game, and many consider her the greatest tennis player of all time.

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A Black man scuba dives

Black scuba divers explore the wreckage of slave ships and the ‘untold American story’

Between the 16th and 19th centuries, millions of enslaved Africans were forcibly transported to the Americas across the Atlantic Ocean on a voyage known as the “Middle Passage.” One group is taking a literal deep dive into that history, in hopes of making some important discoveries and raising awareness of the implications it has for people today.

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Newsela Daily Decks

Ruby Bridges walks out of a school building as a young child.

Desegregation trailblazer writes kids book

Ruby Bridges was one of the first Black students to attend an all-white elementary school in the South.

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A statue of Mary McLeod Bethune is unveiled

U.S. Capitol statue honors Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune is the first Black American honored in the National Statuary Hall collection.

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A group of people stand in front of the Harriet Tubman Museum

“Walk to Freedom” traces Jersey Underground Railroad routes

The "Walk to Freedom" commemorates the long journeys of people seeking freedom from slavery.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in

Jackson confirmed as first Black female U.S. Supreme Court justice

The Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court on April 7.

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A stamp of Edmonia Lewis

U.S. postage stamp honors Edmonia Lewis

American sculptor Edmonia Lewis is featured on a new United States Postal Service stamp.

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Three Black men stand next to a printing press

Woman preserves 125 years of Black history

The Afro-American newspaper has been documenting life in the Black community since the 1890s.

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News-O-Matic

Lizzo holds a flute

Lizzo Plays a President’s Flute

The singer made history with a 200-year-old crystal flute.

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The inside of the Jackie Robinson Museum

A Museum for Jackie

The Jackie Robinson Museum opens in New York City.

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