36 Black History Month People for Lessons

Names for Black History Biography Project

When is Black History Month? February is Black History Month. Chances are, you're looking for famous African Americans for classroom projects. Whether you need names of famous black people for biography or history lessons, you'll find well-known and lesser known people, lesson plans, worksheets, and free classroom printables for Black History Month. Enjoy!

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36 Black History Month People for Lessons
Photo above by The Visibility Project,
Claudette Colvin [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

We're sharing a list of names to choose for your Black History lessons. Never heard of them? Ask Google. Highlighted links lead to our online lessons and classroom activities for Black History Month.

36 People for Black History Month Lessons

Rosa Parks
Claudette Colvin
Jesse Jackson
Frederick Douglass
Harriet Tubman (Underground Railroad)
Jackie Robinson (Baseball)
Duke Ellington
Louis Armstrong
Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. (Astronaut)
Toni Morrison
Malcom X
Phyllis Wheatley
Neil deGrasse Tyson (Physicist)
James Earl Jones
Maya Angelou
Zora Neale Hurston
Langston Hughes
Sally Hemmings (Thomas Jefferson's mistress)
Madame Walker
Leslie Odom, Jr. (Broadway Actor)
Bessie Coleman
Esther Jones (Betty Boop)
Bessie Smith
Oscar Robertson (Basketball)
Barack Obama
Michelle Obama
Oprah Winfrey
Aretha Franklin
Sammy Davis
Richard Pryor (Comedian)
Oliver L. Brown
Robert Smalls
Alma Thomas (African American Artist)
Bass Reeves (Real Lone Ranger)
Martin Luther King, Jr.

No, despite what you've heard, Eli Whitney, is not black. However, he likely borrowed the idea for the Cotton Gin from a slave.  Lesser known black history facts from PBS.org.

Recommended Reading:

Black History Books for Kids

Who was Claudette Colvin?

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