PBS LearningMedia provides several notable collections from award winning documentaries around black history. These collections feature extensive multimedia resources, lesson plans and student guides that extend learning beyond Black History Month.
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Using video clips, this collection of lesson plans address a wide range of themes of the African-American experience from 1500 to the present. Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. The series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Collection highlights include quotation posters and lesson plans.
With this collection, students learn about a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South. The video segments document the events and accomplishments of the Freedom Rides, and introduce students to the real human stories of those who helped change history. Collection highlights include newsreel footage and archival photos.
Finding Your Roots
This collection contains media-rich resources on a range of topics including colonialism, immigration, migration, the history of jazz, the American civil rights movement, and slavery. The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots. The series explores major historical events through the ancestries of prominent Americans. Collection highlights include media-rich hands on lessons.
The March on Washington
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and was commemorated by teachers and students across the country and around the world. These resources help students appreciate the significance of this event – and its role in the larger Civil Rights Movement using this collection of digital content. Collection highlights include audio recording and flyers from the event with lesson plans and interactive timeline.