Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans. The event stems from Negro History Week, the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans, according to history.com. Every United States president since 1976 has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
Prominent blacks from Kansas include writer Langston Hughes, photographer Gordon Parks, inventor George Washington Carver, actress Hattie McDaniel, football players Gale Sayers and Barry Sanders, baseball player Elwood “Bingo” DeMoss and musicians Charles “Bird” Parker, Coleman Hawkins and Eva Jesse.
Here are some Black History teaching resources, as well as other interesting links about black history in Kansas.