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Celebrate Black History Month with BadgerLink Resources

Friday, February 4, 2022

BadgerLink is made up of over 60 online resources from multiple vendors. Some vendors have highlighted a resource below for librarians and educators to share when celebrating African American History in February. Please take a look and consider adding these resources to your library programming or classroom today and all year long. If you have questions about these or any BadgerLink resources, Ask a Librarian.


The sacrifices and tribulations of African Americans are often shared during Black History Month. Stories of enslaved Black Americans, and the ongoing pain of systemic racism usually dominate the narrative. The under-told stories of Black History and the uplifting humanity and diversity of the African American community are key elements missing from the narrative, and they need to be shared.

Britannica fully supports diversity, equity, and inclusion as fundamental in education. As the world-wide leader at the forefront of the information revolution, Britannica serves as champions of truth and believes that more stories celebrating the triumphs and successes of the African American community should be shared.

To better support teachers and students during Black History Month, Britannica’s Team of Curriculum Experts have created and shared FREE resources at


Celebrate Black History Month with your favorite books in TeachingBooks' African American Collection. Learn more about these stories from the authors themselves in Meet-the-Author Recordings, Complete Book Readings, and Read-Along Performances. For librarians and teachers, take a look at the book guides, activities, and lessons available on titles in this collection-- including Story Time Activity Kits, Reader's Theater Scripts, and Nonfiction Read and Respond Multi-Leveled Lessons.

Screenshot of the African American Collection in TeachingBooks resource with Book Guides, Activities, and Lessons highlighted in red Book Guides, Activities, and Lessons

TeachingBooks resources could be used in conjunction with the Britannica Black History resources above for an even deeper look into this topic.


Within EBSCO resource, History Reference Center, Black History Month is the Featured History Topic. Search results include over 60 magazine articles, academic journal articles, primary source documents, trade publications and ebooks. These articles and publications offer students and researchers a view of the history of Black History Month, through presidential speeches and declarations as well as commentary and remarks from prominent leaders and politicians from recent U.S. history.


ProQuest invites you to explore the new Black Freedom Struggle website, featuring expertly selected open primary source documents. Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

Screenshot of the home page of Black Freedom Struggle resource from ProQuest  Black Freedom Struggle

This resource supports a wide range of students, from middle and high school to college, as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle. These reliable, easily discoverable materials may be used for homework assignments, personal inquiry, research papers and National History Day type-projects focused on African American history in the U.S.

Educators may use this material to teach a specific topic or person, such as Frederick Douglass or the Abolitionist Movement, to introduce students to using primary sources and to help novice researchers develop essential critical thinking and information literacy skills.

Add to your library’s website today and share with patrons.