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Chasing the Dream Exploring Black History


bulletInteractives, games, quizzes

bulletThe making of a King

bulletField of legends:
       Baseball and segregation

bulletInnovators who break
       barriers

bulletNew leaders, old methods

bulletStudent perspectives on
       Black History Month

bulletHistorically black colleges
       find new identities

bulletHunter-Gault: 'Black
       history saved my life'

bulletIssues in the
       African-American community

bulletGlossary

bulletWeb resources



bulletWebcast basics

bulletWebcast schedule

bulletCNN NEWSROOM:
       History of the blues

bulletHow sweet the sound:
       A conversation with
       Nancy-Elizabeth Fitch

bulletUnit overview

bulletBackgrounders

bulletLesson plan: Picking a leader

bulletLesson plan: African-
       American feats

bulletLesson plan:
       Today's young leaders

bulletGlossary

bulletWeb resources


Author Myrlie Evers-Williams is a trailblazer as an activist for civil rights

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Hands-on history


Civil rights leader profiles

A movement of many faces: While many associate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with civil rights, in reality many different types of people were involved in the movement -- people with sometimes radically different ideas and approaches as to how blacks should attain justice. Get a few of these perspectives in our gallery of civil rights leaders.

Black Innovator profiles

On the cutting edge: African-American innovators have revolutionized our society in myriad ways despite challenges posed by widespread discrimination over the last several centuries. Meet some of these master innovators in our interactive profile gallery.

stamp on America

Stamp on America: Thousands of African-Americans have put their stamp on history. Our interactive gallery highlights some of the legends and leaders immortalized by the U.S. Postal Service.

making a difference

Making a difference: From the steam train to peanut butter to heart surgery, African-Americans have had a major impact on the world. Match the innovation and innovator in this hands-on game.

moving pictures

Moving pictures: The civil rights movement was about ideas and words, but it was above all about action. Watch some of African-American history's most important moments in Quicktime format.

northern view

Northern view: For six decades, Austin Hansen documented the great figures and grand structures of his chosen community, Harlem, a borough of New York. Check out some of his photos in this virtual gallery.

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