African American History

Learn about the achievements of African Americans who have shaped South Carolina and American history.

Black History Month is celebrated every February to honor the achievements of African Americans who have shaped American history. Historian Carter G. Woodson hoped to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization by establishing Negro History Week. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that included both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass' birthdays. The week was later expanded to a month in 1976 during the United States bicentennial.

PHOTO: On March 20, 1969, Black hospital workers at the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston went on strike to protest the firing of twelve employees and to call for higher wages and union recognition.

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Show Don't Tell - Chilenia Jamison | ABC Lessons
Show Don't Tell - Chilenia Jamison | ABC Lessons

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In this video, Nina uses various forms of kinesthetic/bodily movement to emphasize the history of The Gullah Geechee Culture & the Gullah Geechee Heritage Act. This activity will help students...
Modjeska Monteith Simkins | Carolina Snaps
Modjeska Monteith Simkins | Carolina Snaps

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Modjeska Monteith Simkins is known as the "matriarch of civil rights activists" in South Carolina. Born in Columbia in 1899, Simkins spent her adult life fighting for equality and advocating for human...