Explore key figures from Black history, from major Civil Rights leaders to motivating modern-day artists, thinkers, and athletes.
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Excerpts from Chapters 1 & 7
While he was enslaved, Frederick Douglass taught himself to read and write.
Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. Du Bois
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois
These two excerpts capture the ideological debate about black social mobility after the Civil War.
A Child Of Slavery Who Taught A Generation
Karen Grigsby Bates
The life and success of Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, an American author, educator, prominent scholar, and one of the first black women to earn a doctoral degree in United States history.
The Story of Ida B. Wells
Ida Bell Wells was an African-American journalist, editor, suffragist, sociologist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
This informational text explores how Rosa Parks’ decision not to give up her seat on a bus helped start a revolution.
George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver’s perseverance and scientific ability are discussed in this instructive text.
Empowering the Black Power Movement
This informational text discusses how the Black Power movement emerged as a major political force for African American empowerment in the 1960s and 1970s.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
This informational text discusses the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lasting contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
Letter from Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman
Frederick Douglass writes a letter to Harriet Tubman praising her work in the abolitionist movement.
Emmett Till was murdered as a young boy, and this event helped spark the Civil Rights Movement.
Abolishing Slavery: The Efforts of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
This informational text discusses Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s relationship as they both worked towards abolishing slavery.
Frederick Douglass: A Biography
National Park Service
This biography of Frederick Douglass provides an overview of his life and work as an abolitionist.
During World War II, a group of African American pilots were critical to the success of the U.S. Army, and their accomplishments led to the desegregation of the military.
How Jackie Robinson Changed Baseball
This informational text discusses the first African-American Major League Baseball player, Jackie Robinson.
I Have a Dream
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, King discusses the status of African Americans and what he hopes to see in the future.
The Legacy of Charles R. Drew
This informational text discusses the life and success of Charles R. Drew, an African American doctor who made great contributions to the field of medicine.
The Harlem Renaissance
In this informational text, Jessica McBirney discusses the development of the Harlem Renaissance as an artistic movement.
Letter from Birmingham Jail
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., outlines his nonviolence approach to addressing injustice while responding to criticism.
The Many and the Few
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes Rosa Parks’s refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery.