Thinkport Bulletin: Black History Month 2019

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January 30, 2019



Voices of Baltimore Life under Segregation

Classroom Resources

Explore and examine the rich oral histories and personal accounts of African Americans who experienced life before, during, and after desegregation in Maryland. In MPT’s new classroom collection, students engage in critical analysis of a powerful film featuring a population of people who lived through legalized segregation in America. Designed for use in middle and high school classrooms, each module includes discussion and reflection questions, primary source documents, video clips and content standards.

Documentary Film

Extend learning inside and outside of the classroom! The documentary film Voices of Baltimore: Life under Segregation airs February 3 at 6:00 pm on MPT! 


Following the Footsteps

Travel back to the 1800s and become an eyewitness to transformative history. In MPT’s interactive learning experience, students must make life-changing decisions on  a secret journey to escape from slavery to freedom.

> Explore more activities in Pathways to Freedom: Maryland and The Underground Railroad.

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The Role of African Americans in the Civil War

African Americans played a crucial role in the American Civil War and faced difficulties as union soldiers. In MPT’s self-paced student module, learners examine content and resources surrounding the war, and gather information in order to write explanatory essays about what they have learned. Resources include standards, educator materials, a writing checklist, and interactive activities. 


Life under Apartheid

Examine the history of apartheid and South Africa's racial segregation policies with your students using a curated set of primary source photographs, articles and interviews from the Library of Congress. In MPT’s online inquiry kit, students explore a series of “thinking questions” surrounding the sources to deepen historical knowledge and gain practice working with the research process.


Freedmen’s Bureau and Education

Take your students back in time to explore the education of freed slaves after the Civil War. Through the examination of primary source documents, drawings, and photographs, students learn about historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the importance of freed slaves going to school around this time in history.

MPT and PBS Programming

Voices of Baltimore: Life under Segregation


Sunday, February 3 | 6:00 pm
Airing on Maryland Public Television

Join MPT for a powerful film that captures the rich oral histories of an aging and diminishing population of African Americans who grew up in the Mason/Dixon border area of Baltimore, and who lived through the era of legal segregation. The narratives document the relevant lives of individuals who attended segregated schools and/or desegregation before and following the 1954 Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education ruling.

Redeeming Uncle Tom: The Josiah Henson Story


Tuesday, February 5 | 9:00 pm
Airing on Maryland Public Television

Explore the life of Josiah Henson, a dynamic man with unyielding principles who overcame incredible odds to escape from slavery with his wife and children. His life inspired the lead character of 'Uncle Tom' in Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 classic novel which has been recognized as one of the sparks that ignited the Civil War.

For additional programming information during the month of February, please see MPT's online schedule. 
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