I have learned that I forget historical facts easily. I love history but my memory isn’t great with dates and timelines. I created these Black History timeline cards for me, for my children, and for anyone who would like to use them! I am open to adding more people and events to the set if you leave a comment with your request!
I use a small pocket chart to display our cards, I put them all up for the photo, but we are more interactive with them – adding people and events as we learn about them. I purposely don’t say what the person is known for to encourage research! If you don’t recognize someone, look them up and do some reading! I have spent hours doing this and have barely scratched the surface learning.
You can use these in so many ways, here are a few ideas:
- Have your child write what the person is known for on the back of the card.
- Print 2 sets and play memory.
- Hang them on the wall in timeline format.
- Put all of the cards in a bag, choose a person out of the bag each day and learn about him/her using the internet or books if you have some!
- Check out a stack of Black History Books from the library and match the cards to the books as you read about people and events.
Black History Heroes Featured
- Benjamin Banneker
- Sojourner Truth
- David Ruggles
- Henry “Box” Brown
- Frederick Douglass
- Harriet Tubman
- William and Ellen Craft
- Mary Fields
- Booker T. Washington
- Matthew A. Henson
- Mary McLeod Bethune
- Marian Anderson
- George Washington Carver
- Carter G. Woodson
- Bessie Coleman
- Thurgood Marshall
- Rosa Parks
- Jesse Owens
- Katherine Johnson
- Jackie Robinson
- Malcolm X
- Martin Luther King Jr. – featured on our blog here
- Wilma Rudolph
- Audrey Faye Hendricks
- Ruby Bridges
- Mae Jemison
Black History Books
In addition to the free Black History Timeline Printables, I also wanted to share some awesome books that are great for Black History Month. These books are collections and highlight many different people. Great for reading a little bit each day to learn about someone new!
Click here to see a Google Doc with all of the books, featuring in BOLD the books that are written by Black authors.
Click here to download a printable to take with you to the library or to file away so you can remember the books. You can also use this printable as a way to record books your children read. I love visual reading lists!
Why Do We Celebrate Black History Month?
Download this from Read Like a Rockstar to learn more yourself and share with your kids.
I follow some wonderful mommas on Instagram and have learned so much. The message below is something we all need to remember, especially us white folks. This message/image is from @Black_World_Scholars.