Two hundred years ago, an African American girl made history—literally. She was an indentured servant named Grace Wisher in the household of Mary Pickersgill. Helen Yuen and Ms. Asantewa Boakyewa of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum share her story.
America’s first black feature-film maker spent his life opposing the idea that there was “no opportunity for the Negro.” Now, 63 years after his death, a group of kindred spirits is making sure the “uplifting” story of Oscar Micheaux is presented to a new generation.
This group of four lessons examines key subjects and events in Lincoln’s lifetime: slavery; his election in 1860; the Emancipation Proclamation and black soldiers in the Union army; and his assassination.
Despite a 1990 state law requiring that African-American history be taught in public schools, the subject has been taught sporadically in Chicago, often coming up only during Black History Month or to mark the Martin Luther King Jr.
The National Archives Digital Classroom: Primary Sources, Activities and Training for Educators and Students.
Ron Wolford's insight:
Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letter, U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pocket, there is no power on earth that can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship.