GALILEO Resources for Black History Month

Black History Month will soon be here, and GALILEO has quite a few great resources to share with students and teachers.

The Civil Rights Digital Library (CRDL) offers a variety of primary sources and education materials on the Civil Rights Movement, including films clips, images, oral histories, and more. Don’t miss the Educator Resources, especially the Freedom on Film site, for lesson plans and more.

For a look at the history of African Americans in Georgia, the Digital Library of Georgia offers historical images (Vanishing Georgia in particular), newspapers, and more. You can browse by your county or by subject (such as Peoples and Cultures) to see collections. Several collections of note are “Integrated in All Respects”: Ed Friend’s Highlander Folk School Films and the Politics of Segregation; Community Art in Atlanta, 1977-1987: Jim Alexander’s Photographs of the Neighborhood Arts Center from the Auburn Avenue Research Library; and The Blues, Black Vaudeville, and the Silver Screen, 1912-1930s.

As always, Encyclopædia Britannica offers authoritative information on famous African Americans and historical events. Don’t miss the spotlight on Black History because Britannica has pulled together a nice collection of biographies, documents, multimedia, learning activities, and more.

SIRS Discoverer and SIRS Issues Researcher both offer spotlights on Black History Month. In SIRS Discoverer (for elementary and middle school), just click the Spotlight of the Month at the bottom of the screen and then scroll down to see the Spotlight Archives. In SIRS Issues Researcher (for high school), click the Database Features tab and then choose Spotlight on… to see the current month’s spotlight as well as the spotlight archives at the bottom of the screen. Students can also search either resource for “African American” or for names, events, or places to find articles and multimedia.

NoveList and NoveList K-8 offer book recommendations for all age and grade levels. Search for African Americans to see books, lists, and articles related to this topic, or check out the Advanced Search where you can limit your search to books written by African American authors (Hint: Leave the search box blank and choose African-American in the Author’s Cultural Identity field to see a list of books by African American authors.). Check out the Teaching with Books section on the right of the main page in NoveList to see award lists (including the Coretta Scott King Awards), BookTalks, Book Discussion Guides, Picture Book Extenders, and curriculum-based lists.

History Reference Center provides articles from many historical journals as well as images and videos. Book Collection: Nonfiction, Kids Search (for elementary), and Student Research Center (for middle and high) also include tons of articles, book chapters, and more for student research.

GALILEO staff recently offered a session showing these resources. You can view the archive for this session and others on the Self-Guided Sessions page. We also have training sessions designed for K-12 coming up, so check out the Training page to register for those.

As always, if you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.

Courtney McGough
GALILEO Support Services
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

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History Reference Center:
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Kids Search:
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Image from Encyclopædia Britannica


Posted on January 18, 2012, in GALILEO and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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