February on Knowitall

Images from African American History Month on Knowitall

By M. Brown

For African American History Month, Knowitall has several Collections that make it easy to find just what you need!  And if you’re feeling that you could use a bit of inspiration, check out our Conversations with Scientists & Astronauts! These committed scientists are passionate about their work. Try them out with your students and see if they ignite a new passion in science or maybe some other field!

Find the content you need for African American History Month—all in one place! These Collections make it easy!

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY COLLECTION

African American History Month | Periscope

This collection honors our history and the African Americans who made strides in the advancement of African Americans.

            A. The Father of African American History

Because of his books, journals and research, Dr. Carter Woodson is known as the "Father of Black History." His creation of Negro History Week in 1926 evolved into Black History Month.  

            B. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At 18, Dr. King was ordained, and then continued his education in religion, earning a doctorate from Boston University in 1955. While in college, one of his heroes was Mahatma Gandhi, who used only nonviolent methods to create change. Gandhi believed in equality and freedom through civil rights. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to that cause and was assassinated in 1968.

            C. Ruby Bridges

One of the first African American students to attend an all-white public school in New Orleans, Louisiana. She had to be guarded by federal marshals to ensure her safety. But Ruby stayed at the school, becoming one of the first African Americans to integrate a public school in the state of Louisiana.

            D. South Carolina Portraits

Spotlights African Americans who have made an impact on South Carolina history, including Robert Smalls, Mary McLeod Bethune, Modjesha Simkins, Philip Simmons, Charles Bolden, Dori Sanders, and Congressman James Clyburn.

Civil Rights Youth Media Summit

Student journalists interviewed Cecil Williams, Justice Ernest Finney, Frank Washington, Cong. James Clyburn, Oveta Glover, Titus Duren and Victoria Eslinger about Civil Rights in S.C.

Family Across the Sea

This special explores the connections between the Gullah of the South Carolina/Georgia Sea Islands and the people of West Africa, particularly those of Sierra Leone.

Gullah Net

Introduces Gullah culture, language and music to children. The website has three sections: Gullah Culture, Gullah Music and Gullah Tales, told in Gullah and English.

Mary McLeod Bethune | Idella Bodie’s S.C. Women

One woman’s struggle to gain equality for herself and her students. Mary McLeod Bethune grew up in rural South Carolina and became a teacher. She started with nothing and ended up being an advisor to a president! 

Modjeska Simkins | Idella Bodie’s S.C. Women

Modjeska Simkins came from relative wealth and married into wealth, but dedicated her life to helping the disadvantaged to be treated equally in South Carolina. 

Road Trip! Through South Carolina Civil Rights History

Designed to help teachers and students to learn about our history, people and events, and the importance of the civil rights movement in South Carolina from the 1940s to the early 1970s. 

Saving Sandy Island

The struggle to save an exceptional South Carolina island and its Gullah community from development. Tells the story of the unique coalition of conservationists, state agencies, businessmen and community residents that came together to save this extraordinary place and preserve a historic culture. 

Tuskegee Airmen

In 1941, an all African American flying squadron was established in Tuskegee, Alabama to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen paved the way for full integration of African Americans into the U.S. military.

 

This Collection Contains Material Specific to These Topics:

Briggs v. Elliott

Friendship Nine

*Be sure to view our two new stories under Friendship Nine:

Gullah

NAACP

Orangeburg Massacre

Penn Center

Slavery in South Carolina

 

 

CIVIL RIGHTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA COLLECTION

Civil Rights Youth Media Summit

Student journalists interviewed Cecil Williams, Justice Ernest Finney, Frank Washington, Cong. James Clyburn, Oveta Glover, Titus Duren and Victoria Eslinger about Civil Rights in S.C.

S.C. Confederate Flag

Chronology of stories from Palmetto Scene beginning June 18, 2015, culminating in the removal of the Confederate Flag from the grounds of the S.C. State House on Friday, July 10, 2015.

Road Trip! Through S.C. Civil Rights History

Designed to help teachers and students to learn about our history, people and events, and the importance of the civil rights movement in South Carolina from the 1940s to the early 1970s. 

Civil Rights Movement | S.C. Hall of Fame

South Carolinians who fought for equality during the Civil Rights Movement.

 

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY COLLECTION

This Collection honors the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and relays much of the history of the Civil Rights era.  For detailed information, view the Martin Luther King Day blog. The Collection includes: 

African American History Month on Periscope

A. The Father of African American History

B. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

C. Ruby Bridges

D. South Carolina Portraits

 

Andrew Young on the Death of MLK, Jr.

Benjamin Mays | S.C. Hall of Fame

Marian Wright Edelman | S.C. Hall of Fame

Septima Clark | S.C. Hall of Fame

And much, much more! View the Collection!

 

Winter blahs setting in? For inspiration, find out what drives these scientists!

Their passion and commitment are remarkable! Try them out with your students and see what ignites!

CONVERSATIONS WITH SCIENTISTS & ASTRONAUTS

These scientists are passionate about the work they do! Students have the opportunity to ask questions of experts in their field.

Charles F. Bolden, Jr.: Astronaut & NASA Administrator

Charles M. Duke, Jr.: Astronaut

Dr. Charles H. Townes: Scientist & Inventor, Nobel Prize Winner

Dr. Jack Horner: Paleontologist & Author

Dr. Kary B. Mullis: Biochemist, Nobel Prize Winner

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: Astrophysicist

Susan Leigh Still Kilrain: Astronaut

 

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