February is just around the corner, and for educators that means Black History Month is too. Below you’ll find a quick reference guide for several figures in American history (who I think are inspiring!) as well as a list of kid-friendly resources for Black History Month. This list is not comprehensive but provides some ideas to help you get started. Happy learning!
Notable Figures in U.S. History:
Phillis Wheatley (1753–84)
Phillis Wheatley distinguished herself as an early American poet. Her works clearly express her inner thoughts and reveal how much influence Christianity and a classical education had on her. “On Being Brought from Africa to America” uses color imagery on multiple levels to emphasize the poem’s message. What is arguably Wheatley’s most impressive accomplishment was her success in getting published at a time when few women—let alone those of African descent—were viewed as serious writers.
Hiram Rhodes Revels (1827-1901)
Mr. Revels served as a chaplain in the Civil War. After the war, he became the first African American U.S. Senator, representing the state of Mississippi. His time in Congress was marked by his willingness to forgive Confederates as well as his advocacy for racial equality. He was a true leader and a Christian.
Doris “Dorie” Miller (1919–43)
“Dorie,” as he was called by friends, bravely served his country in the U.S. Navy. December 7, 1941, was a defining day in his life. During the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Dorie quickly found a machine gun and returned fire on the enemy. He received the Navy Cross for his actions in the attack.
- Free Coloring Pages
- BJU Press Resources for Black History Month
- BJU Press Reading 3B textbook—Phillis Wheatley
- BJU Press Fundamentals of Literature textbook—James Weldon Johnson & Gwendolyn Brooks
- BJU Press Elements of Literature textbook—Langston Hughes & Martin Luther King Jr.
- BJU Press Heritage Studies 5 textbook—Harlem Renaissance
- BJU Press American Republic textbook—Tuskegee Institute
- BJU Press United States History textbook—Race relations
What do you highlight during Black History Month?