Resources for Grades 6–8

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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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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life against injustice

Video

grades 8–12

A Life Against Injustice: Pauli Murray

Prepare to be astonished by the righteous accomplishments of civil rights activist, lawyer, author, and priest Pauli Murray, who stood against all forms of injustice.

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sissieretta jones

Video

grades 7–12

Sissieretta Jones: The Sweetest Songs

Learn about the talented opera singer Sissieretta Jones, the first African American woman to headline at Carnegie Hall. Warning: Contains graphic content.

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meta warrick fuller

Video

grades 7–12

Trailblazing Sculptor Meta Warrick Fuller

Watch this video to learn why artist Meta Warrick Fuller was nicknamed "the sculptor of horrors" for her dark, expressive creations.

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Picture of Langston Hughes

Video

grades 6–10

Langston Hughes' "Harlem"

Introduce yourself to Hughes' most famous poem and his use of figurative language. Then write your own "Harlem"-inspired poem.

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urban bee farms in detroit

Video

grades 6–12

Urban Bee Farms in Detroit

What do you think a beekeeper looks like? Detroit Hives is challenging stereotypes and supporting new growth and a healthy food culture in Detroit.

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all black towns in the 1920s

Video

grades 7–12

Oklahoma's All-Black Towns in the 1920s

View rare home video footage of daily work, play, school celebrations, gatherings, and sporting events in the all-Black towns of 1920s Oklahoma.

Video

grades 6–12

Dance as Protest

Be moved by the 400-year-old history of bomba, a style of music and dance created by enslaved people that resisted colonial culture.

Video

grades 3–12

Harlem Hellfighters

Watch this video documenting the heroic achievements of the 369th Infantry Regiment, an all-Black unit that fought for the U.S. during WWI and WWII.

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Jazz Hip-Hop

Video

grades 3–12

Jazz: The Mother of Hip-Hop

Sit down with jazz musician Robert Glasper, as he shows the jazz origins of famous hip-hop samples and tracks.

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jerry lawson

Article/Ebook

grades 8–12

Video Game Pioneer Jerry Lawson

Read this article about inventor and engineer Jerry Lawson, who developed the first interchangeable, cartridge-based video game system—before Atari and Nintendo!