Shoulders of the Ancestors

May 2014

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


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.


Over 300 Nigerian Girls Abducted

Above MSNBC columnist Joy Reid provides background on the abduction of the Nigerian school girls and the actions of the Nigerian government and the possible role of the United States.


The VANGUARD website reports that protests in Nigeria are spreading across the country demanding that the Nigerian government take more aggressive action against the kidnappers of the school girls..


The HUFFINGTON POST focuses on the campaign by the parents of the kidnapped girls and their efforts to petition the Nigerian government to act on this tragedy.


A recent NEW YORK TIMES articles expresses that the attack in Nigeria is part of a global backlash against girls’ education by extremists and links this event to the Pakistani Taliban shot who Malala Yousafzai in the head at age 15 because she advocated for girls’ education and extremists who threw acid in the faces of girls walking to school in Afghanistan.


The YOUTHINK website from the World Bank provides a seies of articles on global issues written for youth.  Visit the GENDER ISSUES pages for an overview of challenges facing young women around the globe.


The UNITED NATIONS GIRLS EDUCATION INITIATIVE site contains numerous resources on international efforts to increase the education of girls. The site contains a country by country breakdown of literacy rates by gender.

Useful Links on Abduction of Nigerian Girls

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.

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.

For Mother's Day: Some Websites on Black Women

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.

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.