Avoice-African American Voices in Congress Virtual Online Library Offers Black History Lesson Units for Educators

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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) invites educators to download free online lesson units highlighting African-American legislative contributions.

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“With Black History month upon us, we realize that educators may be seeking unique resources to supplement their curriculum, so we want to make the historical information available for their use."

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) invites educators to download free online lesson units highlighting African-American legislative contributions via its Avoice-African American Voices in Congress virtual online library.

The lesson units available on the ‘For Educators’ section of the website are designed to bring to life the history of African-American Congressional members featured in the Avoice virtual library. Each lesson unit corresponds to an Avoice exhibit and contains activities, primary document sources, worksheets, a vocabulary list, and a bibliography to guide teachers in using the library’s resources to supplement classroom instruction in U.S. history, government, and civic education. Teachers may choose to follow the units in a sequential format or select specific activities most appropriate for students’ varying levels of learning skills and interests. Units are designed for students grades 6-12.

“With Black History month upon us, we realize that educators may be seeking unique resources to supplement their curriculum, so we want to make the historical information available for their use,” said Marjorie Innocent, vice president of Research and Programs for CBCF. “These lesson units are useful and adaptable resources for increasing students understanding of the diverse history of our nation, how the government works, and what role students can play in the political process., it also fulfills a part of our mission which is to educate the public by providing historical resources and information to address critical issues affecting our communities,” she said.

Available lesson units include:

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Women of the Congressional Black Caucus
Voting Rights Act of 1965
Anti-Apartheid Movement
Environmental Justice Movement

Avoice lesson units are available free of charge. Visit http://www.avoiceonline.org/educators.html to access lesson units.

About Avoice-African American Voices in Congress
Avoice is designed to capture and preserve the rich history of political and legislative contributions of African Americans for future generations. Developed by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) This virtual online library is a central source of information about historical and contemporary African-American policy issues important to researchers, academics, educators and students.

To learn more about Avoice, please visit http://www.avoiceonline.org/.

To learn more about CBCF, visit http://www.cbcfinc.org.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., was established in 1976 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and education institute to help improve the socioeconomic circumstances of African Americans and other underserved communities.

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