I have been teaching in an African-American school for the past 15 years and have learned to create items that will engage my students of all colors and genders. This has become one of our favorites during our study of the Civil War. It can also be used during the Black History month.
If you can, run page 1 and 2 back-to-back. If your students have internet access fine, if not then run a class set of the additional web information.
It covers the FIRST black unit of the Civil War in 1861. We take great pride of being first in the nation in a lot of areas and this was just one of them.
As an old white guy I loved learning many interesting items about out history and having taught my subject for years and years I thought I knew most of it. But coming to an all-Black school taught me that I don’t know it all. I tended to learn items that I never knew about – Madam C J Walker, PBS Pinchback, Louis Armstrong, Joseph Clark, Reverend A.L. Davis, Thomas Dent, Mahalia Jackson, Dutch Morial, etc.
It has been a huge learning curve for this old man who never want's to stop learning. My students love the activities I have come up with over the years of African Americans and middle school students.