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The Adam Francis Plummer Diary: A Living History
Website presents the diary of Adam Francis Plummer, born into slavery in 1819 in Maryland, in a digital format with a transcription of the diary, images and descriptions of the other materials in the Plummer-Arnold Family Collection, essays, and a glossary. Includes teachers’ guide for middle and secondary students.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Art and Life of William H. Johnson
Set of four lessons (grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12) in which students examine works by African American painter William H. Johnson. Younger students list elements of the pictures, identifying colors and shapes and such objects as farm equipment, crops, and animals. Older students compare Johnson’s work with that of painter Allan Rohan Crite.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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The Battleground-Separate and Unequal Education
Online exhibit showing how laws and customs led to separate and unequal education for people of color in the United States and the efforts made by citizens to guarantee equal education in the century before the Brown v. Board of Education decision. The Battleground: Separate and Unequal Education is the second section of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Blues and Langston Hughes
Set of four lessons (grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12) that introduce the blues stanza, both in music and in the blues-based poems of Langston Hughes. Younger students compose their own three-line blues poems, Older students listen for details of the Great Migration in recordings of rural and urban blues.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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The Enduring Emancipation: From President Lincoln to President Obama
Webinar. Webinar in which the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Lonnie Bunch, discusses the Emancipation Proclamation and its legacy.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Greensboro Lunch Counter
Lesson examining the Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter that was the site of a sit-in strike by four African-American students in 1960. Includes curator commentaries, interviews with the Greensboro four, related objects, videos, and related resources show how the Greensboro sit-in sparked widespread student activism that was at the heart of the civil rights movement. Students will use what they have learned to create their own virtual exhibit.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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The History and Experience of African Americans in America’s Postal Service
Online exhibit presenting the life of baseball player Roberto Clemente, who has been honored twice on stamps. Includes images of artifacts and stamps with descriptive captions. Bilingual English-Spanish.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Past Half Century: Achieving Equality
Lesson plan has students analyze political cartoons and letters to the editor in order to identify and examine the range of reactions to the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision and the ways in which the Court’s mandates were enacted or blocked. Students will also be asked to connect a more recent civil rights or education issue to the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Voices of Struggle: The Civil Rights Movement, 1945 to 1965
Webpage honoring African-American history and music with a look at the profound cultural contribution of the Civil Rights Movement. Features recordings of songs and leaders of the Movement.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Word, Shout, Song
Printable 28-page brochure published to accompany an exhibition. It tells the life story of the academically adventurous Lorenzo Dow Turner, an African American linguist who studied African languages and Arabic to "crack the Gullah code." He went on to study traces of African culture in Latin America.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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