Shoulders of the Ancestors

March 2014

The reason I appear to be standing so tall is because my feet are firmly planted on the shoulders of my ancestors

Women's History Month Resources

Two black women in the media recently include the Lupita Nyong'o the 2014 Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress and Kerry Washington, the star of the hit series Scandal. Access creative and engaging resources and links featuring African and African American women for Women's History Month by selecting from the numerous links below.


The NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE website on the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House in Washington DC.  On December 5, 1935, in New York, Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women.


The HISTORY CHANNEL provides text and several short videos on African American women throughout history  in sports politics, and the arts.

Useful Websites & Resources on Black Women


Through primary source images and with text students will learn about President Lincoln's initial reluctance to recruit African Americans, the contributions of runaway slaves, and how African Americans contributed to the Union's victory over the Confederacy.


In her documentary, A GIRL LIKE ME, teen filmmaker Kiri Davis conducts interviews with her peers to explore the impact and consequences of these messages. She then reconducts Dr. Kenneth Clark's "doll test" with young African American children with sobering results.


WOMEN IN HIP-HOP from the Hip-Hop Archive contains text and video excerpts from some pioneering female rappers.

A Time For Justice

In A TIME FOR JUSTICE, four-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim captured the spirit of the civil rights movement through historical footage and the voices of those who participated in the struggle.


Teachers can order this kit for free.


The Kit includes:

38-minute film with closed-captioning on DVD

Teacher’s Guide with five lesson plans on CD

Classroom Poster, “Civil Rights Movement Timeline,”

Narrated by Julian Bond and featuring John Lewis, the 38-minute film allows today’s generation of students to witness firsthand the movement’s most dramatic moments—the bus boycott in Montgomery, the school crisis in Little Rock, the violence in Birmingham and the triumphant 1965 march for voting rights.

View the video slide show below featuring images of Black Women during the Civil Rights Movement. Then select from a sample of some resources and website links that will enable you to include African American women in your discussions &/or presentations during Women's History Month.


The SAY IT PLAIN, SAY IT LOUD website from American Radio Works features excerpts of speeches by African Americans including Fannie Lou Hamer, Dorothy Height, Angela Davis, Barbara Jordan, and Lorraine Hansberry.


While not exclusively focusing on  women THE WILL TO ADORN exhibit at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival featured style and design by African Americans.

The website BLACK WOMEN WHO WERE CIVIL WAR SPIES from a MS Magazine blog (February 28, 2011) chronicles the contribution of African American women, both slave and free to the Union's defeat of the Confederacy during the Civil War.


The Digital Schomburg site features AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS OF THE 19TH CENTURY. Through this interactive site you can browse by title, author, or type of writings.

Above MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry speaks about her book Sister Citizen.

SHOULDERS OF THE ANCESTORS is a division of AFRICAN AMERICAN POSTERS & PRESENTATIONS (AAPP) . AAPP provides classroom tested educational posters and learning charts that utilize the new scholarship in African and African American history and culture. The graphics on our learning charts are selected to engage students. Visit us today at www.aahistoryposters.com.


This educational kit contains four full color posters and a CD with a Powerpoint presentation.