Resources for Grades 9–12
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.
Pay Her Mind
Learn about the life of activist Marsha P. Johnson, who helped spark the Pride movement and a fight for LGBTQ+ rights that continues today.
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.
Glorious Gladys Bentley
Discover the singular life and style of Gladys Bentley, a Harlem Renaissance artist whose bold performances battled traditional gender roles and norms.
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.
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.
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.
The Art of Joy and Pain
Experience the stunning and provocative contemporary art and performance of Abigail DeVille, whose work takes a critical look at history.
Before Rosa Parks
Honor the bravery of Elizabeth Jennings by reading about her historic stand against segregation in 19th-century New York.
The Queen of California
Delve into the story -- dating back to the 16th century -- of the mythical Black queen Calafia, for whom California is named.
Listen to this classic novel by Richard Wright about race, violence, and being Black in America.
Langston Hughes' "Harlem"
Introduce yourself to Hughes' most famous poem and his use of figurative language. Then write your own "Harlem"-inspired poem.