Gale Offers Free Resources to Celebrate Black History Month

Farmington Hills, Mich., Feb. 9, 2009 – On the heels of the inauguration of the first African American President of the United States, this year’s Black History Month is a momentous celebration. In preparation for this occasion, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has updated its Black History Month Web site with free resources including:

Lesson Plans

Download lesson plans suitable for primary and secondary grades and featuring content from Gale’s premier databases for students, including Kids InfoBits, Student Resource Center Junior and Lucent Library of Black History.

Visit to find challenging, informative activities for children of all ages. Taken from Gale’s Black History Month Resource Book, these activities, including art projects and games, can make Black History Month more meaningful. The activities are arranged in general age categories, but many can be used for all age groups.

Now includes an expanded biography on president-elect Barack Obama, which provides information on his childhood and his life in politics.  Human rights advocate Coretta Scott King, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and basketball superstar LeBron James are just a few of the names included in the site’s biographies section ( Each entry gives detailed information on some of the world’s most notable African Americans, including their birth date and location, details on their personal life and career, and resources for further information.

Featured Titles
Visit for a list of Gale titles that will help students gain a deeper appreciation for African-American heritage. Selected titles include:

  • World Peace Makers/Pacificadores Mundiales (Bilingual): Martin Luther King, Jr. (Blackbirch Press®)
  • Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students (Charles Scribner’s Sons®)
  • African-American Writers, 2nd Edition (Charles Scribner’s Sons®)
  • The African-American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience (Charles Scribner’s Sons®)
  • The African American Almanac, Edition 9 (Gale®)
  • African American Firsts in Science and Technology (Gale®)
  • African American Reference Library (U·X·L®)
  • African American Biography (U·X·L®)
  • Biography Resource Center: African Americans Black Writers (Gale®)
  • Contemporary Black Biography (Gale®)
  • Harlem Renaissance (U·X·L®)
  • Harlem Renaissance: A Gale Critical Companion (Gale®)
  • Information Plus Reference Series (Gale®)
  • Notable Black American Men (Gale®)
  • Notable Black American Scientists (Gale®)
  • Notable Black American Women – Book III (Gale®)
  • The Schomburg Center Guide to Black Literature (Gale®)

Literature buffs can revel in excerpts pulled directly from the prestigious Schomburg Center Guide to Black Literature. Each entry provides a brief plot summary and explanation of the relevance of the work being discussed. View literature entries at

The timeline available at takes visitors through nearly 400 years of Black History, commemorating such milestones as Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery, the passing of the13th Amendment, freeing slaves, and the naming of General Colin Powell as chair of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

Click on for links to African American resources, such as museums and relevant Web sites. 

Additional Resources
More information pertaining to Black History Month also can be found in these Gale resources:

  • The African American Almanac
  • African American Firsts in Science and Technology
  • African American Reference Library

African Biography

  • Best Literature By and About Blacks
  • Black Firsts
  • Black Literature Criticism
  • Chronology of African American History
  • Contemporary Black Biography
  • Historical Statistics of Black America
  • Notable Black American Women
  • Notable Black American Men
  • Notable Black American Scientists
  • Who’s Who Among African Americans

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected].

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