A woman who grew up in Aurora, CO has made history — again. Vice Admiral Michelle Janine Howard on Friday became the first African-American woman promoted to a three-star rank in the U.S. armed forces, as she became a deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces.
Oral history provides a richly textured layer to the history recorded in books and articles. This site features a collection of interviews of leaders in the black community. Conducted chiefly by Julian Bond, national chairman of the NAACP and professor of history at the University of Virginia, these oral histories focus on issues of black leadership and the transformational role of the civil rights movement in America.
Reviews of new children's and teen books for grades K-12, plus literature activities to use in the same classroom.
Ron Wolford's insight:
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we wanted to share our picks of the best children’s books of 2012 about African-American history. From a beautifully illustrated picture book of King’s I have a Dream speech to a wordless story of the underground railroad, these are books you and your students won’t want to miss.
Booker Taliaferro Washington rose from slavery to a position of power and influence. A realist and a man of action, he became one of the most important African-American leaders of his time. He was committed to improving the lives of African-Americans after the Civil War.
It is Julius Rosenwald who gets most of the credit. And by all accounts, when it comes to the more than 5,000 schools built in the south for African American children during segregation, he deserves much of it.
Less than a year later, the great civil rights leader was dead, killed by an assassin's bullet. But during his last days, Fernandez snapped some of the most illuminating images of the man and his turbulent times.
Who are the Legends of Tuskegee and what do they have in common? Booker Taliafero Washington, George Washington Carver and the Tuskegee Airmen all came to Tuskegee and created their own legends. Tuskegee is more than a town located in Macon County, Alabama. It is an idea and an ideal. It was a bold experiment and a site of major African-American achievements for over 100 years.
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955) was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
For much of his life, Kenneth B. Morris Jr. didn’t think much of being a descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. But then he found a cause that combined his forefathers’ specialties of abolitionism and education.
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