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National Endowment for the Humanities Celebrates Black History Month

February events and programs focusing on African American History 

February 15, 2012 - In celebration of Black History Month, the National Endowment for the Humanities has compiled a list of NEH-supported events, exhibitions, and resources focusing on African American history and culture taking place around the country this February.


Slavery By Another Name – PBS broadcast on February 13 at 9pm with additional screenings across the U.S. throughout the month

The Loving Story - HBO broadcast on February 14 at 9pm with additional screenings and public programs throughout the month in VA, AZ, NY, and NC


For All The World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights
National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN
Jan. 12 — Aug. 20, 2012

Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience
Traveling exhibitions funded by Small Grants to Libraries awarded through the American Library Association.

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War
Traveling exhibitions funded by Small Grants to Libraries awarded through the American Library Association.

Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity
Organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA
Currently at the Cab Calloway School for the Arts, Wilmington, DE until March 16, 2012

Grass Roots: African American Origins of an American Art
Organized by the Museum for African Art
Currently at the Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington, NC until March 16, 2012

Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
Exhibition runs January 28 - April 15, 2012

Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Traveling exhibition runs October 29, 2011 - April 7, 2012

Domestic Life and the Plantation Community at Jefferson’s Monticello
Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.

Boston Black
Boston Children’s Museum

The Power of Children: Making a Difference
Indianapolis Children’s Museum

From Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration, 1915—1940
Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Services, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History
On-going exhibition at Smith Robertson Museum & Cultural Center, Jackson, MS


EDSITEment, the National Endowment for the Humanities’ website of teaching and learning materials created by specialists in literature, history, and other fields in the humanities, contains numerous resources, activities, and lesson plans for teachers, students, and parents on African American authors, artists, scholars, storytellers, and historical figures.

Featured this month on EDSITEment are materials on the rise and fall of Jim Crow laws, a lesson plan on Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and “Flight to Freedom,” a new NEH-supported educational game produced by WNET Thirteen that teaches young people about the Fugitive Slave Act and the Underground Railroad.

Additional information on these programs, exhibits, and resources is available on the NEH website.

[This article posted by: Erin Mosley]  

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