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African American History Month

“Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.” –

Carolina K-12 has a number of resources to help teachers prepare for African American History Month. Some highlights include:

Middle School Lessons

High School Lessons

Lessons created by Carolina K-12 and the Southern Oral History Program’s Civil Rights Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows. More lessons will be available soon (we promise!)

Dozens of lessons addressing African American History are available in our Database of K-12 Resources.

More lessons can be found in our free Database of K-12 Lessons:

Upcoming Carolina K-12 Events

See Carolina K-12 at the NC Council for the Social Studies Conference

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Building the Future of Social Studies

February 28-March 1, 2019

Carolina K-12 will be presenting at the NC Council for the Social Studies Conference at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro this year.

The Destruction of Syria

Thursday, February 28, 2-3pm, Colony A

Join Carolina K-12 & the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies for a session on Syria, including a presentation by a UNC scholar, discussion, and resources for teaching about Syria and the refugee crisis.

In this session, a UNC scholar will share historical information about the invention of Syria, independence, governance over time, and revolutionary movements that have left Syria in total chaos. Presenters will answer audience questions about Syria, and Carolina K-12 & the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies will share free classroom resources for teaching about Syria and the refugee crisis. Teachers will deepen content knowledge of Syria and receive teaching strategies and resources.


A Red Record: Revealing Lynching Sites in North Carolina

Thursday, February 28, 2-3pm, Grandover East

Join us to explore the histories and legacies of lynching, a part of an often “hidden” narrative of white supremacy that violently attempted to write out black success, families & personhood.

This presentation explores the histories and legacies of lynching, an often “hidden” part of a narrative of white supremacy that attempted to write out Black success, Black families, and Black personhood. In addition to exploring this complex history, participants will learn about the Red Record website as well as a free professional development opportunity,Teaching Hard History to be hosted in May 2019.

Click Here to Register to attend the 2019 NCCSS conference

Save the Date for these upcoming CK12Workshops

Teaching Hard History: Slavery, Reconstruction and their Lasting Legacies

Friday May 17, 2019 – Saturday May 18, 2019

North Carolina Museum of History

Read the Teaching Hard History report from the Southern Poverty Law Center


2019 Local Government Seminar

Friday, May 10-Saturday, May 11

Catawba County, NC


We will send out a separate email once applications are open for both workshops.

The Phoenix Historical Society Wants You to Tune-in This Friday

The Phoenix Historical Society’s February Black History month radio program will broadcast Friday, March 1, 2019 from 11:45pm-12noon.

This year’s topic is the 1871 Nash/Edgecombe boundary line change, when the white supremacist NC General Assembly moved the county line from the Falls of the Tar to the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad track, taking about 11,000 acres of land from Edgecombe County, and splitting towns of Whitakers, Battleboro, Rocky Mount and Sharpsburg (all of which had been entirely in Edgecombe County) in order to undercut the black political power of Edgecombe and the gains from Reconstruction. Rocky Mount Mills, which had been Edgecombe’s largest tax payer, was moved into Nash County as this county line move transferred wealth from majority black Edgecombe to majority white Nash. For last 148 years, tax revenue from business and factories on the west side of the track from Whitakers to Sharpsburg have benefited the white majority in Nash rather than the black majority in Edgecombe. This is one of the roots of continued economic disparity between the two counties, and also root of continued struggle over school funding for African American students that continue to this day.

Listening options

? WCPS radio: 760 AM and 105.7 FM.


? tune-in app, go “tune in-wcps760am”

Upcoming Opportunities from Our Friends

Mike Wiley Productions: Fire of Freedom

When: Sunday, February 24, 3-5 pm

Where: The Friday Center for Continuing Education

Admission is free

Advanced registration requested: 919-962-3000 or

In celebration of Black History, the Friday Center for Continuing Education proudly presents a theatrical performance presented by acclaimed actor and playwright, Mike Wiley. His one-man play, Fire of Freedom, (based on the book by historian David Celcelski and adapted by playwright Howard L. Craft) offers a glimpse into the life of Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870). Galloway was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. Throughout his brief, mercurial life, Galloway fought against slavery and injustice. He risked his life behind enemy lines, recruited black soldiers for the North, and fought racism in the Union army’s ranks. He stood at the forefront of an African-American political movement, even leading a historic delegation of black southerners to the White House to meet with President Lincoln and to demand the full rights of citizenship. He later became one of the first black men elected to the North Carolina legislature.

Long hidden from history, Galloway’s story reveals a war unfamiliar to most of us. This riveting portrait illuminates Galloway’s life and deepens our insight into the Civil War and Reconstruction as experienced by African-Americans in the South. Fire of Freedom offers a powerful lesson of freedom, perseverance, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Additional details are available here.

Two UNC World View Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss

Latin America & North Carolina | March 19-20 | UNC-CH

The goal of World View’s Latin America and North Carolina Seminar is to increase educators’ knowledge of Latin America and Latin American cultures, particularly as it relates to Latinx students in North Carolina. We will explore key issues and themes related to Latin America’s history, politics, economies and the diverse cultures represented in this region as well as the relevant connections between the region and North Carolina. Educators will gain knowledge and understanding of the current demographics in North Carolina as they related to Latinx populations, learn strategies for integrating Latin American themes into curriculum and build their toolkits of resources and strategies for helping Latinx students find educational success. This program is appropriate for all K-12 and community college educators.

Global Migration | March 21-22| UNC-CH

The movement of people across borders in search of education, employment and to flee from war, persecution or natural disasters in their home country has triggered an international debate. Global migration has contributed to our increasingly diverse and interconnected world. Cross-border migration has risen steadily over the last three decades, and now accounts for 250 million people and 3% of the global population (Lagarde 2016). With similar trends expected to continue, concerns originating from immigrant-receiving countries are inevitable as they contend with the effects on labor markets as well as on political, social and cultural dynamics. Likewise, countries of origin worry about the potential negative consequences of this migration since it creates a vacuum that must be filled one way or another.

This seminar is designed for K-12 and community college educators to acknowledge global migration and incorporate awareness into their teaching and learning as they prepare the next generation of leaders. Through engaging plenary talks and interactive breakout sessions, this seminar will examine global migration, factors influencing it, its risks and opportunities and the ways in which educators should contemplate this phenomenon as schools and institutions become increasingly diverse.

This program is designed for K-12 and community college instructors of all disciplines, as well as administrators and staff.

For more information about World View’s programs visit

The Jane Austen Summer Program wants teachers!

The Jane Austen Summer Program is an annual four-day symposium designed to appeal to established scholars, high school and middle school teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and anyone else with a passion for all things Austen. Each year, the symposium focuses on a different Austen work.

The symposium features lectures, “context corners,” and small discussion groups, as well as special breakout sessions for teachers that will share innovative ways to bring Jane Austen alive in middle school and high school classrooms. Additional activities include Regency dance lessons, Regency theatricals, a Regency Ball, and the chance to partake in an English afternoon tea.

The program offers 30 contact hours for 3 CEU credits. K-12 teachers receive a discounted tuition of $350 per person (regular tuition is $495 per person). The tuition covers all seminars, panels, lectures, and small group discussions, a tote bag, dance lessons, a rare book tour at UNC’s Wilson Library, one ticket to the Regency theatricals, and one ticket to the Regency Ball, as well as a daily warm buffet breakfast, elevenses, a welcome banquet, and light refreshments at the Ball.

Scholarships are available to current North Carolina middle school and high school teachers. Scholarships cover the full tuition fee and materials, a special teacher scholarship winner luncheon, and attendance at the Regency Tea.

To apply for a North Carolina teacher scholarship, visit and complete the application form. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 11 and the winners will be announced by April 15.

For more information, visit

Join us at the 2019 Jane Austen Summer Program

and fall in love with Jane Austen all over again!

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