Resources for Grades 9–12

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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Marsha P. Johnson

Video

grades 11–12

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.

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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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gladys bentley

Video

grades 10–12

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.

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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.

Video

grades 11–12

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.

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before rosa parks

Article/Ebook

grades 9–12

Before Rosa Parks

Honor the bravery of Elizabeth Jennings by reading about her historic stand against segregation in 19th-century New York.

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queen of california

Article/Ebook

grades 9–12

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.

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native son

Audio

grades 10–12

Native Son

Listen to this classic novel by Richard Wright about race, violence, and being Black in America.

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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.