Resources for Grades 3–5

Video

grades K–12

Haben Girma: To Harvard and Beyond

Be inspired by the indomitable spirit and intellect of Haben Girma, who graduated from Harvard Law while living with deaf-blindness.

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woman who did the moon math

Video

grades 2–5

The Woman Who Did the Moon Math

Find out about Katherine Johnson, one of the mathematicians whose calculations got us to the moon and back.

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the woman who made the first step

Video

grades 5–12

The Woman Who Made the First Step

As the first Black, female congressperson and a champion for civil rights, Shirley Chisholm broke barriers so others could follow in her footsteps.

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hazel scott

Audio

grades 3–5

Hazel Scott

Learn about this incredible pianist who risked everything to be an upstander.

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edmonia wildfire lewis

Audio

grades 3–5

Edmonia Wildfire Lewis

Meet a sculptor who overcame great challenges and injustice to continue to create.

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QUEEN NANNY

Audio

grades 3–5

Queen Nanny

Listen to the true story of Queen Nanny, who helped people who had been enslaved stay free.

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dorothy vaughn

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grades 1–5

Dorothy Vaughan: Pathbreaking Mathematician

Check out this video and article on Dorothy Vaughan, the supervisor of a group of boundary-breaking African American women whose calculations got astronauts into space.

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wangari maathai

Audio

grades 3–5

Wangari Maathai, an Activist's Life

Enjoy this inspiring exploration of Wangari Maathai's life. Her environmental and political activism resulted in a Nobel Prize, the first for an African woman.

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madam c j walker

Audio

grades 3–5

The Beautiful Legacy of Madam C.J. Walker

Check out this podcast explaining how Madam C.J. Walker overcame impossible odds to build a beauty business that spread across the U.S.

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celia cruz

Audio

grades 3–5

Queen Celia Cruz

Journey into the world of Latin American music and learn about the life of Celia Cruz, the Cuban-born singer known as the Queen of Salsa.

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Elizabeth Cotten

Audio

grades 3–5

Elizabeth Cotten's Influential Folk Songs

Listen to this podcast about Elizabeth Cotten whose catchy blues and folk songs traveled all over the world and even influenced The Beatles.

Video

Preschool–grade 3

The Pulitzer Playwright

Find out how Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for writing dramatic plays.