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Free Resources: World Book Spotlight On Black History Showcases Struggles and Contributions of African Americans

Posted Feb 19, 2007
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In honor of Black History month, World Book, Inc. has introduced an in-depth Black History Content Spotlight available free online at The World Book Black History spotlight provides students, educators, and families with an overview of the history of the African Americans' struggle for freedom as well as the many contributions they have made in shaping the U.S. and the world.

All World Book Content Spotlights, like Black History, provide age-appropriate, balanced information, using text and media to make learning more interesting and engaging for students, the announcement states.

The site offers a comprehensive examination of the African American journey to freedom and equality, beginning with the slave trade and continuing through the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960's and beyond. The World Book Black History site also celebrates the contributions African Americans have made to American culture overall, including African American literature and its role in exploring black identity, the condemnation of racism, the celebration of the unique aspects of African American culture, and the tremendous role of African Americans in creating American music.

Among the dozens of influential African Americans profiled are W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, and Richard Wright.

Additionally, the site includes interactive quizzes, illustrations, and photographs to reinforce learning as well as dozens of editor-reviewed Web-site links that help students explore subjects further, including links to government, university, and civil rights organizations.

The World Book Black History site also ties to state curriculum standards.

Source: World Book, Inc.,

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