- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 23, 2003

Books

• "Black Firsts: 2,000 Years of Extraordinary Achievement," by Jessie Carney Smith, Visible Ink Press, 1994. This book contains the stories of black pioneers in many fields, including arts, entertainment, business, civil rights, education, government, journalism, religion, science and sports.

• "Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky," by Faith Ringgold, Crown, 1995. This book, one of a number of Miss Ringgold's historical books for children, uses a blend of fact and fantasy to depict escape from slavery. Other titles include "If a Bus Could Talk," "My Dream of Martin Luther King" and "Dinner at Aunt Connie's House."

Online

• The African American History and Heritage Site (www.creativefolk.com/blackhistory.html) is full of resources, sites and ideas for celebrating black culture.

• Brightmoments.com presents the Internet African American History Challenge (www.brightmoments.com/blackhistory), an interactive quiz highlighting the lives of some of the 19th century's most important black Americans.

• National Geographic takes children on a solemn interactive journey on the Underground Railroad (www.nationalgeographic.com/features/99/railroad), where they meet many heroes of the day.

Associations

• The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 7961 Eastern Ave., Suite 301, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Phone: 301/587-5900. Web site: www.asalh.com. The association is a national nonprofit organization devoted to disseminating information and knowledge about black American history.


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