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Research topic Black history month 2014: African Americans risked all for voting rights during Freedom Summer 1964

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the freedom movement, PBS will air "Freedom Summer" on June 24, 2014.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the freedom movement, PBS will air “Freedom Summer” on June 24, 2014.

Do you have a course project related to Black history month? This is a good year to put your attention on African Americans who have made a difference in American history. Throughout the year, Americans will be celebrating Freedom Summer in remembrance of the advances in voting rights that were won during the summer of 1964. It was landmark legislation then and it is still an issue at the forefront of American politics as we fight to maintain the right to vote without impediments. Read more

Black History Month and other cultural and ethnic studies research paper topics

There are many print and digital resources available for research on Black History Month topics.

There are many print and digital resources available for research on Black History Month topics.

If you’re taking an ethnic studies course in the spring you may want to think about topics for a research paper on black history. Celebrated during the month of February, Black History Month honors the cultural contributions made by black Americans. If you are particularly interested in another cultural topic, there are many good research paper topics in ethnic studies. Consider some of the ideas below.

The case for ethnic studies

What is ethnic studies and how did it develop on college campuses? Christine E. Sleeter investigated “The academic and social value of ethnic studies” for the National Educational Association (NEA) in 2010. Read more

Celebrating Black History Month: Top 5 African-American authors

Author Toni Morrison, 1986

Author Toni Morrison, 1986

With Black History Month on our minds, we determined Questia’s top 5 most-read African-American authors. To celebrate February, we’ve unlocked the reference books to these authors on Questia, the online research tool and library of over 77,000 academic books and 4 million journal articles, so everyone can read our free online books for the month. Some are novels, some are non-fiction and some are reference books. Leave a comment telling us which one’s you were inspired to read and what you thought! Read more

Honoring African American Artists during Black History Month

Grace Allison McCurdy and Her Daughters, Mary Jane and Letitia Grace, ca. 1804 by Joshua Johnson.

Grace Allison McCurdy and Her Daughters, Mary Jane and Letitia Grace, ca. 1804 by Joshua Johnson.

To continue the celebration of Black History Month, we’re opening up the Questia library to share free content on our five favorite African American artists for a whole month. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to check them out at the references for each artist!

These five artists span African American art from the present back to the 18th century, and all are well-regarded for their specialty. Jean-Michel Basquiat is probably the most famous of the five, receiving the most visibility in the media.

  1. Joshua Johnson (1763-1824) – Joshua Johnson earned a notable name in the folk art community as one of the first African American portrait painters. The son of a slave mother, he became a blacksmith by trade until he gained his freedom, married and started his own family. Read more

Top 10 list of Black History Month facts: How many do you already know?

Black History Month founder, Carter G. Woodson

Black History Month founder, Carter G. Woodson

Now well into America’s annual February celebration of Black History Month, we used our trusty online research tool, Questia, to help gather a top 10 list of facts about Black History Month. Some of these facts may be more widely known than others. Just how much do you know about Black History Month?

Here’s our top 10 list:

  1. Carter G. Woodson founded Black History Month in 1926 to highlight the often overlooked role that African Americans played in both American and world history. Woodson went on to be the second African American to receive a Harvard degree. He went down in history as famous for his African American quotes which continue to be widely used in speeches. Read more