Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

Civil rights, Black history month, Make Some Noise, exhibits

“Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement” chronicles student leaders in the early 1960s who fought segregation by making their voices heard and exercising their First Amendment rights.
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Classroom-Ready Resources: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

If you are looking for new classroom resources for Martin Luther King Day, check out these online lessons from the Newseum.
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New Exhibit “1968: Civil Rights at 50” to Open Friday

The exhibit tells the story of events that shaped the civil rights movement 50 years ago this year.
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Black Panthers at 50

Stokely Carmichael

Explore black history month at the Newseum, with artifacts, exhibits, videos and the compelling story of the birth of the Black Panther Party.
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Unsung Heroes: Farmville Student Strike

Brown v. Board was a collection of five cases; all of them focused on the constitutionality of state-sponsored segregation in public schools. Davis v. Board of Education of Prince Edward County (VA) was one of the five cases and it started with students.
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Unsung Heroes: The Student Voice

The Student Voice, a publication of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Discouraged by the lack of press coverage of the civil rights movement by the mainstream press, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or “SNCC”, began their own independent newspaper, The Student Voice.
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Unsung Heroes: Double V Campaign

"A seaman with the U.S. Maritime Service." N.d. 208-NP-3ZZ-4. (National Archives and Records Administration)

The Pittsburgh Courier launched the “Double V” campaign at the height of World War II, demanding not only victory abroad, but also victory at home.
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Unsung Heroes Writing Contest

You can find stories of both known and not-so-well known heroes in the Digital Classroom, but there are more that deserve to be included. In order to include more, we want to give your students the opportunity to share a story of an unsung hero in the historical timelines for the “Making a Change” or “Women, Their Rights, and Nothing Less” modules.
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Unsung Heroes: Virginia Library Sit-In

On Feb. 1, 1960, four black freshmen from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, N.C., go to the “whites-only” lunch counter at the F.W. Woolworth store and attempt to order coffee. This was the first of many lunch-counter sit-ins that brought national attention to segregated spaces in the south. However, peaceful sit-ins began earlier, in Aug. 1939, when five black men entered the Barrett Branch of the Alexandria Library in Virginia.
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Follow the Black History Trail at the Newseum

black history month trail

To commemorate Black History Month, the Newseum is highlighting a trail of exhibits, artifacts and videos throughout the building that explore key moments in African American history.
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