African American History Month
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AT THE CENTER
Breaking Barriers Show
The interactive Breaking Barriers show examines the lives of Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, and other groundbreaking African-Americans throughout American history—providing insight into the struggles they faced and the rights they secured for all citizens. Their inspiring stories reveal how one individual’s civic actions can impact a nation.
Decoding the Document: Emancipation Proclamation Document Workshop
Take a closer look at the museum’s rare printing of the Emancipation Proclamation to learn more about its history, the history of the Civil War, and the background of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.
African American History Self-Guided Tour
Pick up a handy flier at our Information Desk to take a self-guided museum tour highlighting important moments in African-American history. Featuring:
• Our rare, signed copies of the Thirteenth Amendment and Emancipation Proclamation
• President Obama inauguration artifacts
• The American National Tree, featuring influential African-Americans including Paul Robeson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ward Connerly, and 2012 Liberty Medal winner Muhammad Ali
• An original printing of the Supreme Court’s controversial Dred Scott decision
Giant Game Board Activity
As part of our interactive daily programming in February, test your knowledge of African-American history at our Giant Game Board.
RESOURCES IN THE CLASSROOM
Honor African American History Month with the National Constitution Center through a variety of online resources that can be used in the classroom.
Constitution Hall Pass: “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Legacy of Service”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw himself as a servant of humanity, and he wanted his life to be remembered as a life of service to others. This inspiring episode of Constitution Hall Pass illuminates Dr. King’s legacy of service. We’ll explore how his use of nonviolence was not just a political tool, but a way to demonstrate service to others. Learn about other activists who drew inspiration from Dr. King—and ways that you can serve your community. Join us as we honor the memory of an extraordinary American citizen by talking about service!
Produced by the National Constitution Center, Constitution Hall Pass is a free, fun, and fascinating webcast and live chat series. Visit constitutioncenter.org/hallpass
Download February's Civics in Literature Lesson: African American History Month
In this lesson, students begin by learning about the concept of rights and how African Americans have been denied their freedom. Then, students will work in groups to research selected events that characterized the civil rights movement and present their findings to the class by producing mock television newscasts.
Craft Activity: “I Have a Dream” Mobiles
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech by creating mobiles that inspire your students to think about their own dreams.
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