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Web offers images, sounds and words celebrating Black History Month

© St. Petersburg Times
published February 3, 2003

February is Black History Month, a good time to discuss the contributions made by African-Americans.

Online biographical information on contemporary or historical African-Americans will prove varied and interesting. Search engines such as Ask Jeeves for Kids ( or Yahooligans ( have a user-friendly format and will provide multiple hits.

Here are a few sites worth adding to your Favorites:

Underground Railroad

From the introductory home page with its swinging lantern, this site invites you to take a journey as onlyNational Geographic can. Graphics, text and illustrations help retell the history of the journey many took to find freedom from slavery.

Black History

You will find information on Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr. and other famous African-Americans here.

Africans in America

PBS brings historical information to the Web using illustrations, graphics and quotes. The tale is divided into four parts and offers users a resource bank.

Encyclopedia Britannica Black History

The timeline is a wealth of information stretching from 1517 to today. Each event includes active links to important people and topics. Audio and video clips make this a multimedia stop.

African-American History

Read facts and speeches, listen to audio files, and look at the large collection of digital images.

Sports Illustrated for Kids

The focus here is on black athletes, such as Jackie Robinson, Althea Gibson and Jesse Owens, to name a few.

U.S. Black History Stamps

This Thinkquest from 1997 illustrates the Black Americans featured on U.S. postage stamps. The site includes biographical information, a black history tour and information on stamp collecting.

African Americans in the Sciences

Brief biographies, photos and bibliographies are provided here.

Black Inventors

Read about Benjamin Bannekar, who produced the first Farmers' Almanac, or Sarah Boone, inventor of the ironing board.

Black History Activities

See how to integrate the Web into your class discussions. You'll find a list of links that will provide you with information and suggestions.

Interactive Quiz

This interactive quiz will help you learn information about black history. Incorrect responses require a bit more review. Be sure to read the information provided by links.

Powerful Days in Black and White

Photojournalist Charles Moore captured the face of America during the civil rights movement. Move your mouse over words such as riots, celebrate, running and segregation. Each word is a link to a photograph.

-- Jeanne Rogers is the technology specialist at Deer Park Elementary School in New Port Richey.

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