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#BLM Resources

Black History Resources

After the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, at the hands of Officer Derek Chauvin, resources were needed in order to facilitate discussions of race with students in different school subjects. The following resources were compiled from teachers at the school I was working at during the first week in June 2020. May we all take the time to learn, understand, and take action in solidarity for social justice.

"Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), African American writer and historian, and father of Black History Month (which started in 1915), "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated."

George Floyd Resources

Resources for ELA / Literature


A Brief History of African American Literature


Freedom's Story Essays

Freedom's Story 1609 to present

Pre-Colonial Times

Early African Literature

(3000 BCE to 1900 CE)

Slave Spirituals

Library of Congress

The Spirituals Database

Hidden Messages in Spirituals


What are Negro Spirituals?


Documentary: Slave Songbook


African American Literature Timeline

Part 1: Colonization to Civil War



Part 2: Emancipation and Reconstruction



Part 3: The Harlem Renaissance

to the 1980s (1920-1983)

Slave Narratives & Abolitionist Writings

Phillis Wheatley

Slave Narratives

Olaudah Equiano's 1789 memoir named in this list of "the 100 best nonfiction books of all time"

Slave Narratives Database

33 Slave Narratives

David Walker's Appeal

Blackface: the Birth of an American Stereotype

Abolitionist Newspapers

The Antislavery Connection to the Women's Rights Movement

Post-Emancipation / Reconstruction

Juneteenth and

the Emancipation Proclamation

Booker T. Washington & his writings

WEB DuBois & his writings

The Debate between WEB DuBois & Booker T. Washington

"Booker T. and W.E.B." by Dudley Randall

Imperium in Imperio (reference)

Imperium in Imperio: A Study of the Negro Race Problem, A Novel by Sutton E. Griggs (1899)

Jim Crow, Literature, & the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs

20th Century

In celebration of 20th century African American literature

Apollo Theater History

The Literature of Riot: the Red Summer of 1919 and African American Literary History

A New African American Identity:

the Harlem Renaissance

An Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance

Evolution of the Blues

History of Jazz

Ralph Ellison's "King of Bingo Game"

Jesse Owens: Olympic Triumphs

& Olympic-Sized Struggles

The Advent of Urban Realism

Southern Tenants Farmers' Union (STFU)

Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams

& Black Power (PBS)

Harmony, Teenagers and

"the Complete Story of Doo Wop"

The Doo Wop Project

Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll?

Motown Music:

the Sound that Changed America

The Origins of R&B

Caribbean Music

A Brief History of Soul Music

Literature of the Civil Rights Era

Power to the People! The Revolutionary Literature of the Black Panthers

What the Funk is Funk?

Rap/Hip Hop

Hip hop history began in the Bronx 44 years ago today (8/11/2017)

Black American in the 1980s:

Rhetoric vs. Reality

Where to begin with Spike Lee

Black Literature in the '90s

21st Century

Black Male Writers for Our Time​

Black Female Writers Who Changed Feminist Theory (1980 to Present)

Black Lives Matter Literary Hub

From the Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter, the ongoing fight to end police violence against black Americans

Films (not a complete list, but a good place to start)

Black History Month: 100 Period Dramas

Great African American Experience Films

Warner Bros. Offers Free "Just Mercy" Rentals

Films (continued)

28 Films for Black History Month:

1) Within Our Gates (1920)

2) Zora Neale Hurston Fieldwork Footage (1928)

3) Black and Tan and St. Louis Blues (1929)

4) Hell-Bound Train (1930)

5) Imitation of Life (1934)

6) Show Boat (1936)

7) Stormy Weather (1943)

8) Dirty Gertie from Harlem USA (1946)

9) Intruder in the Dust (1949)

10) The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

11) The Defiant Ones (1958)

12) Shadows (1959)

A Raising in the Sun (1961)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1967)

13) Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Take One (1968)

14) The Story of a Three-Day Pass (1968)

15) The Learning Tree (1969)

16) Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

17) I Am Somebody (1970)

18) Ganja & Hess

19) Killer of Sheep (1977)

20) Stir Crazy (1980)

21) Losing Ground (1982)

Go Tell it on the Mountain (1985)

22) She's Gotta Have It (1986)

Mississippi Burning (1988)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Glory (1989)

23) Tongue Untied (1989)

24) House Party (1990)

25) Daughters of the Dust (1991)

26) Malcolm X (1992)

The Ernest Green Story (1993): the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, AK

Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (1993)

Renaissance Man (1994)

27) Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)

28) The Watermelon Woman (1996)

Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

Sophie and the Moonhanger (1996)

4 Little Girls (1997)

Ruby Bridges (1998)

The Hurricane (1999)

Remember the Titans (2000)

Men of Honor (2000)

February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four (2003)

Ray (2004)

Something the Lord Made (2004)

Amazing Grace (2006)

The Ron Clark Story (2006)

American Gangster (2007)

Honeydripper (2007)

Pride (2007)

Talk to Me (2007)

A Raisin in the Sun (2008)

Endgame (2009)

Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009)

The Help (2011)

Red Tails (2012)

12 Years a Slave (2013)

42 (2013)

Freedom (2014)

Selma (2015)

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

Woodlawn (2015)

13th (2016)

Hidden Figures (2016)

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

Free State of Jones (2016)

Loving (2016)

Fences (2016)

Marshall (2017)

Mudbound (2017)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

My Nephew Emmett (2018)

Harriet (2019)

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

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