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BLACK HISTORY MONTH WEBQUEST/RESOURCES

by Gail Skroback Hennessey

"What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?"

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

The idea to foster contributions of African Americans began with Dr. Carter G. Woodson who first organizeda two week period of time in February which he called "Negro History Week". The time was 1926.In 1976, the month of February as a time to highlight the contributions of African Americas.Dr. Woodson's motto,"It is never too late to Learn".

Can you name some famous African Americans who contributed to our country in arts,music, civil rights, sports, literature, politics,science and technology? Perhaps, you know the names of Martin Luther King, Jr, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglas, andSojourner Truth. Do you know who Charles Drew was?BB King? Rosa Parks?There are so very many African Americans that have made contributions to our world. Try this webquestand learn about a few of these important people. Use the resources listed below to learn even more.


1. Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., would have been the first African American astronaut but sadly, he died in a training accident in the 1960s. In 1983, Guion Bluford was the first African American to travel into space. Dr. Mae C. Jemison, a surgeon, in 1992, became the first AfricanAmerican female astronaut. In addition to speaking these three languages__________,_____________ and ___________Dr. Jemison appeared on which television show?______________. What did she start in Chicago to spark interest in space among children?___________________Find the answers at this link: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/explorers/page/j/jemison.shtml


2. How did Marian get the money to afford singing lessons?____________Marian Anderson made history becoming the first African American to sing at which place in New York City?________________She received a 10 minute ovation for her wonderful singing. Marian was also the first African American singer to perform at which famous place?______________The Daughters of the American Revolution, in 1939, refused to allow Marian Anderson to sign at which concert hall?________________ What did First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, do because of their decision?__________________________ Instead, Eleanor Roosevelt organized a concert for Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial. Over 75,000 people came to hear Marian sing! Famous conductor, Arturo Toscanini said this of Marian's voice:___________________________Find the answers at this link: notablebiographies


3. During the 1920s, Jazz became very popular. Where did Jazz music originate?_____________Jazz music is mostly improvised. What does this word mean?___________________A number of words and expressions came from JAZZ such as "cool" and "hip"(hep).What are THREE other words that came from this period of time?___________ ______________ and _________. A very famous jazz musician was Louis Armstrong, who was nicknamed Pops and Satchmo. Name TWO famous Jazz singers.________________ and __________________ Find the answers at this link: Ducksters

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