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Multicultural Children's Literature & Racism Resources: Black History Month for Educators

This guide is an incomplete, ever-growing, urgent compilation of sources to help kids and teens understand racism. Please contact me if you see problems, have suggestions or questions.

Selected Children's and Teen Books in Murphy Library's Curriculum Collection for Black History Month

Here are three ways to find children's and teen's books that directly deal with Black History Month.

1. From the library homepage, use the search term african americans; from the results page, refine the results to the Murphy Library Curriculum Center.


2. Use this link to a pre-determined selection of multicultural children's and teen's books called "Featured Collections"

3. Use this link to a pre-determined selection of Black History Month children's and teen's books called "Featured Collections"

General Resources for Black History Month

Black History Month (.gov) 

This web portal is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. This joint project offers exhibitions, audio and video, images, and resources for teachers

National Archives (.gov): African American History

The National Archives, the nation's largest record keeper, holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience and highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media.

National Park Service (.gov): Black History Month

The National Park Service web site celebrates Black History Month. Here you can learn more about national parks named in honor of African Americans, information on Black Health & Wellness, the origins of Black History Month, and a web page for educators including lesson plans.

National Museum of African American History & Culture (Smithsonian .edu) 

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, open to the public in 2016, is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003.