As America’s public broadcaster, PBS’ children’s educational programs reach a diverse population of children with varying socio-economic backgrounds and cultures every day of the year. In addition to year-round efforts, this February, PBS KIDS GO! honors Black History Month by highlighting educational opportunities available on-air and online for kids to learn about African American role models and their contributions to the world.
Every Friday throughout February, PBS KIDS GO! will air “GO! Figures” — a series of interesting facts about influential African Americans. These pop-up facts will air during PBS KIDS GO! programs throughout the month. Samples include:
- Did you know Thurgood Marshall was the first black American Justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?
- Did you know the author Toni Morrison became the first black American to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature?
- Did you know over 125 years ago, Cathy Williams was the first recorded black American female to serve in the United States Army?
Online, pbskidsgo.org highlights Black History Month content, available year-round, to provide interactive learning activities beyond broadcast.
African America World (pbskids.org/aaworld)
This website features a matching game that teaches facts about the contributions of African Americans, as well as custom e-cards kids can create and send to their friends.
The Inequality Quiz (pbskids.org/wayback/fair/index)
Kids can play games such as the Inequity Quiz where two players square off to show what they know about fairness in America.
Stand up for your Rights (pbskids.org/wayback/civilrights/features)
Read an interview with Melba Patillo Beals, one of the “Little Rock Nine,” the first African American students to attend Little Rock’s Central High; and learn more about brave Americans who have stood up for their rights throughout history.