Localize the national theme of Black History Month

Make Black History Month a transformational learning experience for your classroom by localizing the national theme African-Americans and the Civil War to each of California’s counties.
There are 35 days of lesson plans at californiablackhistory.com which present Gold Rush Abolitionists: the California Movement to Emancipation.
If you didn’t know the connection between African-American Underground Railroad operatives in California and the Civil War, it would surprise you to know that a dozen Underground Railroad-inspired organizations still exist in California almost 160 years later.
The lesson plans are aligned with the California history/social science frameworks and are supported by the books Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4 and Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco.
Five more weeks of the seven-week speaker series Come to the Water: Teaching San Francisco Black History continue on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at Marcus Books, 1712 Fillmore St. For more details, call 415-240-3537.