Black History Month Resources
More events, online exhibitions, and resources can be found on the Smithsonian’s Black History Month pages.
Go back to the main Resource Library for conversations that matter here.
Sidedoor Podcast, from the Smithsonian Institution
- Lena Richard: America’s Unknown Celebrity Chef
- Singing the Gender Bending Blues
- The Monumental Imagination of Augusta Savage
A Little Freedom is a Dangerous Thing, from A Very OK Podcast (Oklahoma Historical Society)
Collected, a project of the African American History Curatorial Collective at the National Museum of American History
- Episode 1: Black Feminism Re-rooted
- Episode 2: Collective Re-rooted
- Episode 3: Identity Politics Re-rooted
- Episode 4: Self-Care Re-rooted
- Episode 5: Intersectionality Re-rooted
- Episode 6: The Future of Black Feminism Re-routed
Image: Artwork for the Sidedoor episode, Lena Richard: America’s Unknown Celebrity Chef.
Hip-Hop Origins, from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Hip-hop started with parties in the Bronx and has grown to a level of worldwide recognition and influence. Take a journey across the country as we explore hip-hop through its stories and objects.
Wilmington Massacre and Coup d’etat of 1898, from Cape Fear Museum (Wilmington, NC). In 1898, North Carolina Democrats used threats and intimidation to stop African Americans from voting. Two days after the contested election, a mob of armed white men marched to the office of The Daily Record, the local African American newspaper, and set it on fire.
The Tulsa Race Massacre, from the Oklahoma Historical Society (Oklahoma City, OK). The Tulsa Race Massacre challenges our understanding of early Oklahoma as a frontier offering freedom, opportunity, and progress to anyone. The events that transpired on the night of May 31, 1921, and the following day are difficult to comprehend, and the fact that it happened is frightening. We have a responsibility to face this chapter in order to know our history.
Race: Are We So Different?, the first in a 3- part series, created by the American Anthropological Association and extended into a Google Arts and Culture exhibit by the Museum of Us (San Diego, CA). View the other exhibits- Race and Education and Social Stratification.
Image: Boombox used by Public Enemy. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Public Enemy
Virtual Scholar Talks, from Smithsonian Affiliations
- The Legacy of the Green Book
- Michael Jordan: A Re-evaluation
- Let’s Talk! Talking about Race with Children in Museums
- African American Women’s Activism in Historical Perspective
- Lena Richard and Julia Child: Two Women who Changed Culinary History
Dreaming of Colored People: Black Women and the St. Luke Finance Corporation in the 1920s, Museum of American Finance (New York, NY). African American women in 1920s-era Harlem participated in real estate and other investment schemes for complex reasons. The St. Luke Finance Corporation was one such scheme that showed great promise but struggled against structural and institutional inequities as well as criticism from some sectors of the Black community.
Talking about Race, National Museum of African American History & Culture. Resources for teachers, caregivers, and other audiences to make the world a more equitable and just place for all.
National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN) Learning Links for educators, lesson plans and activities that can be used by children, parents or families together.
- King: A Legacy Remembered
- Resources for Exploring and Understanding Civil and Human Rights
- Creating Change through Action
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, AL): Lesson Plans for K-12 students
Smithsonian Learning Lab Collections
The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering digital resources.
- My Beautiful Skin, age-appropriate resources and activities for having conversations about race with young learners.
- Black History Month with the National Portrait Gallery
- George Washington Carver Museum, part of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Departmetn
- Essential Historian Skills: Black Resistance- The Journey to Equality, from the National Museum of African American History and Culture
- North Star, a digital journey of African American History from the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Image: Rainbow wig worn by George Clinton. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Love to the planet
Black History is Oklahoma History, from Oklahoma History Center (Oklahoma City, OK). As new voices call for change, the OHS stands committed to its mission to collect, preserve, and share the history and culture of all Oklahomans. Browse free resources related to the Black experience in Oklahoma in these pages.
Articles from Financial History Magazine, a publication of the Museum of American Finance (New York, NY)
- Gender and the Dismal Science
- Free (Business) People of Color
- New Deal or Raw Deal? Black Americans in the Roosevelt Years
- ‘A Commercial Emancipation’ for the Negro: Financing Black Business in the 1920s
- Financial Discrimination and Innovation
- Go to Durham, You Need the Inspiration: How Black Wall Street Flourished in a Piedmont Railroad and Tobacco Town
- For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency
Publications, research, K-12 educator resources and more from the Kentucky Historical Society (Frankfort, KY), which is dedicated to providing historic perspective and context to current events, especially as we look to end racial injustice and systemic racism. The resources offered cover a wide range of topics and represent the work of programs across our agency.
Image: A gelatin silver print of male and female students standing and reading in a library at the Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth in Bordentown, New Jersey. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Howard and Ellen Greenberg