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Free Resources: Thomson Gale Launches Web Site to Celebrate Black History Month

Posted Jan 5, 2006
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In recognition of Black History Month, Thomson Gale has announced it is launching a free Web site full of historical facts and figures, biographies, relevant Web links, and teaching tools. This site, accessible at, is designed to help students, teachers, and families celebrate the month.

Each week throughout February, Thomson Gale will post a new quiz to test knowledge of significant people and events in history as they relate to Black History Month. Weekly winners will receive Thomson Gale books for their library.

At there are challenging, informative activities for children of all ages, taken from Thomson Gale's Black History Month Resource Book. The activities are arranged in general age categories, but many can be used for all age groups.

Biographies include television talk show host Oprah Winfrey, civil rights icon Rosa Parks, and U.S. senator from Illinois Barak Obama. Each entry gives detailed information on some of the world's most notable African Americans, including their birth date and location, details on their personal life and career, and resources for further information.

For a list of Thomson Gale titles that will help students gain a deeper appreciation for African-American heritage, visit Selected titles include:

Voices From the Civil War: Slaves (Blackbirch Press)
Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students (Charles Scrinbner's Sons)
African American Reference Library (Thomson Gale)
People Who Made History: Malcolm X (Greenhaven Press)
Stars of Sport — Venus Williams (Kidhaven Press)
History Makers — Leaders of Black Civil Rights (Lucent Books)
African American Atlas (Macmillan Reference USA)
The Sabin Collection: Selected Americana from Sabin's Dictionary of Books Relating to America — Slavery (Primary Source Microfilm)
Friend on Freedom River (Sleeping Bear Press )
Any Way the Wind Blows, by E. Lynn Harris (Thorndike Press)
Critical Essays on American Literature Series — African-American Literary Criticism, 1773-2000 (Twayne Publishers)

Literature buffs can read in excerpts pulled directly from the Schomburg Center Guide to Black Literature. Each entry provides a brief plot summary and explanation of the relevance of the work being discussed.

The timeline takes visitors through nearly 400 years of Black History, commemorating such milestones as Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery, the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment, freeing slaves from slavery, and the naming of General Colin Powell as chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Source: Thomson Gale,

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