Black History Month on Smithsonian Channel

Subjects: Civics, History, Social Studies
Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12
Source: Smithsonian Channel

The Smithsonian Channel celebrates Black History Month with programs that highlight Martin Luther King Jr, the Greensboro Four and black aviators.

Runtimes vary; Please note this programming is not copyright-cleared to be used in the classroom.


MLK: The Assassination Tapes: Created almost entirely through archival television and news coverage from the weeks leading up to Dr. King's visits to Memphis through the aftermath of his murder, this one-hour special presents the footage, most of which has not been seen by the public since 1968. The materials can be accessed for free beginning February 12 at

Feb 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT


Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4: This documentary tells the story of four college freshmen who led a nonviolent sit-in at a coffee shop that kicked off a series of events that would eventually put an end to Jim Crow laws. Click on Link to Resource for online materials.

Feb 9 at 8:00pm ET/PT


Black Wings: This program celebrates the stories of the black aviators who broke the color barrier and proved that the dream to fly transcends all boundaries. Click on Link to Resource for online materials.

Feb 11 at 9:00pm ET/PT

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