African American History Month

African American History Month

February 2018

Do-Now Discussion

Does racial harmony exist in the United States? Back up your answer with an example.


The National Constitution Center has great resources, ready for use in the classroom!

Interactive Constitution: Thirteenth Amendment  
Constitutional scholars unpack the amendment that abolished slavery on this free, interactive online tool; also available as an app!

Video: Constitution Hall Pass: “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Legacy of Service”
This engaging video lesson explores the life and work of the famous Civil Rights leader 

Video: Congressman John Lewis at the National Constitution Center
Watch Congressman Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin discus their book March: Book One at the National Constitution Center

Lesson Plan: Breaking Barriers
In this lesson, students will work in groups to research selected events that characterized the civil rights movement

Lesson Plan: February's Civics in Literature Lesson
These selected stories and activities are perfect for elementary school students!

Artifact Highlight: Emancipation Proclamation
View this video showcasing our rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, download a digital copy for your classroom, and read our post about this historic document on our blog, Constitution Daily   



Visitors to the National Constitution Center this February can experience a variety of programs in honor of African American History Month. Explore the Museum’s The Story of We the People exhibit to discover key milestones in African-American history. During daily interactive programs, visitors can learn about the lives of African-American leaders, the history behind the Emancipation Proclamation, and more.

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.

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