Black History Timeline Card Printables

Black History Timeline Printables

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.

Free Black History Timeline Printables

People 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!

Black History Books

 Click to see all of our featured books here on Amazon.

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!

Black History Collection Books for Kids Library Checklist

Why Do We Celebrate Black History Month?

Download this freebie 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, go follow her on Instagram, and see her blog here!


If you are looking for books to read as an adult to learn more, here are a few I suggest. I recently finished The New Jim Crow and am currently in the middle of Stamped From the Beginning. The others {and more} are on my to-read list.

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Download the book list here.

Download the timeline cards here.

Black History Collection Books for Kids Library Checklist Black History Timeline Printables

More Black History Resources…

Black History Month Chapter Books Black History Calendar Connections Printables