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Black History Reading Challenge - List 1

Read Black History Every Day

Read About Extraordinary Black Lives

Take the Black History Reading Challenge!

Read any ten books from List #1

Read any 5 books from List #2

Keep track of your reading in the Reading Ambassador's Passport to Knowledge

Read and learn about your history and culture!

Note:  You are not limited to reading the books on the lists! 

You may read any Black History books you like, as well as any books written by Black authors (both fiction and nonfiction).

Black History Reading Challenge Lists

Teaching Resources: Lesson Plans from the National Endowment for the Humanities & WiTsi Activities

EDSITEment Lessons (L) and vetted websites (W) to promote teaching African American history and literature, organized into the following historical periods -

  • From Africa to Colonial America
  • African Americans and the Struggle for Independence
  • Life Under Slavery
  • Free Black People
  • Resistance to Slavery and Abolitionism
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • Jim Crow Era
  • W.E.B. Du Bois and the Rise of the NAACP
  • World War I
  • The Twenties and the Great Migration
  • Great Depression and New Deal
  • World War II
  • Civil Rights Era
  • African Americans in the Global Age
  • General

In addition to including all the resources needed to teach each lesson, lesson plans include:

  • Introduction
  • Guiding Questions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Preparation  Instructions
  • Lesson Activities
  • Assessments
  • Lesson Extensions

WeTeach NYC Resources on Black History - including lesson plans for use with:

  • Film
  • Interactives
  • Primary sources


Links to WIT Activities to go with the book:  Witnesses to Freedom.  Created by Leah Sadykov

Chapter One:  Barbara Johnson

Chapter Two:  Elizabeth Eckford

Chapter Two:  Spotswood Thomas Bolling Jr.

Primary Source Materials

Links to Videos and Information on the Civil Rights Movement

Black History Reading Challenge - List 2

Read Black Literature

Read Young Adult Novels by Black Authors