Black History Month in Song

Black History Month offers teachers a wonderful opportunity to teach students about some of the great heroes in American history who are sometimes overlooked.  Teaching about history through music is an exciting and effective way to engage students. 

Two of a Kind has recorded a number of songs about African American heroes including

These songs give some facts about individuals who made a difference in the history of the United States.  It can be valuable to pair these songs with a research activity, such as making a poster about an individual person.  A wonderful book by Faith Ringgold called Dinner at Aunt Connie’s House will introduce students to a whole host of people about whom they may never have heard.

In addition to songs about specific African Americans, it’s also important to talk about why we have Black History Month and why it is important to learn about the contributions of African Americans.  Learning songs from the time of slavery, such as Follow the Drinking Gourd and Oh Mary Don’t You Weep will help put some of the history into context. 

 

Talking about racism and the Civil Rights Movement offers an opportunity to share some of the great songs from the 1950’s and 1960’s such as “We Shall Overcome,” We Shall Not Be Moved and Oh Freedom.

 

Two of a Kind has also recorded songs about confronting racism, celebrating diversity and human rights for all.  These songs include

 

These are just a few of the many resources available to help celebrate Black History Month with your students.

Written by Jenny Heitler-Klevans. Two of a Kind