Black History Month Essay Topics

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Black History Month offers an important chance to help students engage in learning and reflection. This lesson offers some essay topics designed to get students thinking about black history.

Reflecting on Black History

Every February, schools and individuals across the country observe Black History Month. This can be an important time to learn about key figures, concepts and texts from African American history. One way to help students get as much as possible out of the month is to give them opportunities to write reflectively. Writing essays helps students develop their own voice in relation to specific topics and concepts, while also giving them practice in the different parts of the writing process.

Topics About People

  • Think of a an African American historical figure you've heard of, but whose life and works you wish you knew more about. After doing some research on this person, write an essay describing his or her life, work and historical importance. Try to show not only what makes the person special in general but also how racial identity influenced his or her life.
  • Write an essay about an African American who you believe altered the course of U.S. history. As you write, make sure you offer evidence to support your point of view and explain exactly how this person influenced history.
  • Choose two different historical African American figures from similar fields of work. Compare and contrast their philosophies, lives and professional achievements. Write about why you think they shared certain similarities as well as what you think accounted for the differences between them.

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