African American History Month

African American History Month

February 2015

African American History Month at the National Constitution Center is generously underwritten by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®

The museum will offer free admission on Monday, February 16, 2015, courtesy of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®

Special Event

Family Fun Day
Monday, February 16, 2015
On Monday, February 16 the national Constitution Center will host a Family Fun Day, featuring free admission courtesy of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, sponsor of the museum’s African American History Month programs.  
In addition to daily African American History Month programs, families can create crafts at special activity tables, or visit our story corner to hear classic tales from African American History.  All programs will be run by both Constitution Center and TD Bank staff members.

Don’t Forget: February 16 is also Presidents Day!  The museum is celebrating our commanders-in-chief with lots of great programs, including a Kids Town Hall featuring appearances by Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt!  Plus, visitors can see our newest exhibition, Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.

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 Amendments 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.


Themed Museum Package and Traveling History and Civics Program

Breaking Barriers
The interactive Breaking Barriers program 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.The Breaking Barriers program is available to teachers as a themed package, both at the museum or at their school, through the National Constitution Center’s Traveling History and Civics Program. Groups who visit the museum will also receive a guided experience of the main exhibition. All teachers will receive pre- and post-lesson plans.
For information, call 215.409.6800 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

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

Watch online here »

Lesson Plans

Download February's Civics in Literature Lesson: African American History Month

Breaking Barriers
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.

Activities

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.

African American History Month at the National Constitution Center is sponsored by

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