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What are ideas to decorate a classroom for Black History Month?

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Ideas for decorating a classroom for Black History Month include using bulletin boards to display student art developed in the style of artist Romare Bearden, posting quilt squares to tell the story of the Underground Railroad, and using historic images to produce a visual timeline of struggles and successes related to African American history and culture. These images may include pictures of protests for Civil Rights along with images of Rosa Parks, Langston Hughes and Jesse Owens.

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Themes for classroom decorations for Black History Month may include a focus on the influence that famous African Americans have made to all American culture. These topics include contributions in the arts such as literature, poetry, theater, music and visual arts, as well as fields such as journalism, politics, sports and science. A good way to do this is to display images of famous individuals along with samples of their work or images of how that work has impacted culture. For example, a picture of the botanist George Washington Carver may be posted next to images of modern products developed with peanuts.

Classroom decorations for Black History Month should help encourage students to think about the complex history and far-reaching impact of achievements made by African Americans throughout history. To be effective learning tools, the classroom decorations should reinforce lessons about Black History Month and relate to class activities, discussions and assignments.

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