Black History Month 2019

 
Poway Unified School District celebrates Black History Month. We invite you to learn more about the history, struggles and contributions of African Americans in the United States through our twice-weekly posts which include interviews and archival video footage. If you prefer, you can learn more and view all of the videos directly from this page.
 

Friday, 2/1/19

Today we highlight the life and impact of Lucy Laney, the founder of the Haines Normal and Industrial School in Augusta, Georgia. Laney was an influential Jim Crow-era educator. She believed it was essential to cultivate the minds of her students in order to develop intellectual leaders for the future, especially black women who could then teach the next generation.

 
LEARN MORE ABOUT LUCY LANEY HERE AT PBS LEARNING MEDIA

Monday, 2/4/19

Today we remember civil rights activist Dr. Dorothy Height, who was a leader in both the African-American and women's rights movements.


LEARN MORE ABOUT DR DOROTHY HEIGHT HERE AT PBS LEARNING MEDIA

Friday, 2/7/19

Today, we learn how, in the 1920s, New York City’s Harlem neighborhood evolved from a white middle class community into the center of an African American cultural movement, known as the Harlem Renaissance.


LEARN MORE ABOUT HARLEM RENAISSANCE AT PBS LEARNING MEDIA
 

Monday, 2/11/19

Today, we learn how the Freedom Riders – a courageous band of civil rights activists - made efforts to end the segregation of African Americans in the Southern United States. Even after the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that the segregation of black and white riders on interstate buses was unconstitutional, Southern states continued to enforce local segregation laws. In response, members of both races decided to force the issue and challenge illegal segregation by riding together in buses headed to the South.


LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW FREEDOM RIDERS CHALLENGE SEGREGATION AT PBS LEARNING MEDIA
 
 

Thursday, 2/14/19

Today, we learn about Diane Nash, a young Chicago native, who was attending Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, when she was introduced to nonviolent direct action. She quickly became an influential student activist through her leadership of sit-ins in Nashville, her participation in the Freedom Rides, and her role in founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Selma Campaign. 


LEARN MORE ABOUT DIANE NASH AND FREEDOM RIDERS AT PBSLEARNING MEDIA
 
 

Monday, 2/18/19

Today, we learn about black citizens registering to vote in the South - one of the main goals of the civil rights movement. Previous attempts to register had been met by intimidation and violent recriminations by the white establishment. In 1964, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) recruited student volunteers to go to Mississippi to join in the effort to restore this basic constitutional right to the black community.  


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VOTE AT PBS LEARNING MEDIA
 
 

Thursday, 2/21/19

Today, we learn of the disappearance of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner on June 21, at the very beginning of what became known as Freedom Summer. Although their bodies were not found until August, the resulting media attention increased national awareness of the violence and injustices facing blacks every day in Mississippi and the white volunteers who had come to join in the fight. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT FREEDOM SUMMER AT PBS LEARNING MEDIA
 
 

Monday, 2/25/19

Today, we take a trip back to Birmingham, Alabama, during the civil rights movement in the months leading up to “The March” on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which drew more than 200,000 people to the National Mall on August 28, 1963.


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BIRMINGHAM MARCH AT PBS LEARNING MEDIA
 
 
 
 

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