Black History Month Recognition Projects

Directions: Listed below are topics and people that are from the US History I and 2 time periods and curriculum. Each student should choose a different topic or person to research and report. 

History of Beginnings of Black History Month:

  • Launched Negro History Week in 1926, chosen in the second week of February between the birthdays of Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, which evolved into Black History Month in 1976
  • Carter G. Woodson (born 1875) Convinced that the history of African Americans was being ignored and misrepresented, took steps to put things right. In 1915 Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African American life and History (ASALH). The association was created to promote and preserve African American history and culture. He founded the Journal of Negro History in 1916.

Courtesy of: “Carter G Wooden-Founder of Black History Month.”

USI Topics:

S Truth

Sojouner Truth

Homer Plessy

George Washington Carver

Booker T Washington

Ida B Wells

WEB DuBois

Benjamin Banneker

Madame CJ Walker

Scott Joplin

Benjamin O Davis, Sr.

Marcus Garvey

Garret Morgan

Elijah McCoy

Otis Boykin

Benjamin Bradley


Jim Crow Laws

15th Amendment

Abolitionist Movement

Underground Railroad

Fugitive Slave Act



Universal Negro Improvement Association

USII Topics: People

WEB DuBois

Dr Carter G Woodson

Louis Armstrong

James Baldwin

Shirley Chisholm

George Washington Carver

Mae Jemison

James Earl Jones

Thurgood Marshall

MLK - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Malcolm X

Jesse Owens

Rosa Parks

Booker T Washington

Michael Jordan

Oprah Winfrey

Maya Angelou

Marian Anderson

Ernie Davis

Aretha Franklin

Lorriane Hansberry

Muhammad Ali

Marcus Garvey

A Philip Randolph

Zora Neale Hurston

Ralh Ellison

Barrack Obama


Little Rock Nine

Racism in the 21st Century

Rap Culture Today

Why do we celebrate black history month?

Civil Rights Movement


NAACP (1900-2016) accomplishments

These research pathfinders are meant to give you a start on your projects. If you require help, please see the media specialist. Please see Mr. Montgomery for rubric information, dates of presentation and other project information. The information collected for this research originates from various sources and databases. Each pathfinder provides specific citation information. Some expanded links require a username and password to access. Please see the media specialist with any questions.