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Give your students an opportunity to research and learn about up to 123 different influential black Americans using these report banners! After completion, they can be displayed together to create an awesome bulletin board during Black History Month or any and every month!


This Resource Includes:

★ A Project Tracker to help you keep track of which students are researching which individuals

★ Step by Step Instructions to guide you through using this resource with your class

★ 3 Different Versions of Research Assignment Note Pages you can use to help your students complete their research. Three versions are included to offer varying levels of support and freedom.

★ Title Banner for Display with the words “Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Educate & Inspire the Future” to be displayed with completed report banners

★ Banner Report Pages for 123 Different Influential Black Americans with Sentence Starters that students can record research findings on and color

★ Banner Report Pages for 123 Different Influential Black Americans with Blank Lines that can be used with older students, students who need more of a challenge, or simply to provide less structure and more freedom for students to write about research findings.

★ A Google Slides Digital Version of both Banner Types with Full Color Clipart that can be assigned through Google Classroom

★ A TpT Easel Version of All Banners with all of the fields already entered so you can assign it your students immediately.


*This resource originally includes 84 people but then was expanded to 109 people, and then 123 people. In order to offer a larger selection of individuals to research it was necessary to use different clip artists. Therefore, please note that the artistic representations of individuals are not the same style on all banners.


This Resource Includes Report Pages for the Following People:

A. Philip Randolph, Alexander Miles, Alice Coltrane, Alice Walker, Amelia Boynton, Angela Davis, Aretha Franklin, Art Blakey, Art Tatum, Arthur Ashe, B.B. King, Barack Obama, Barbara Jordan, Benjamin Banneker, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Bessie Coleman, Bessie Smith, Beyoncé, Bill Pickett, Billie Holiday, Booker T. Washington, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Chuck Berry, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Daisy Bates, Daniel Hale Williams, Diana Ross, Diane Nash, Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, Donna Summer, Dorothy Height, Dr. Patricia Bath, Duke Ellington, Edna Lewis, Elijah McCoy, Ella Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Fannie Lou Hamer, Fix A Philip Randolph, Fred Jones, Frederick Douglass, Garrett Morgan, George Washington Carver, Goose Tatum, Guion Bluford, Harriet Tubman, Hattie McDaniel, Henry Box Brown, Huey P. Newton, Jackie Robinson, James Baldwin, James Brown, James Weldon Johnson, Jan Ernst Matzeliger, Jesse Jackson, Jesse Owens, Jo Ann Robinson, Joe Louis, John Coltrane, John Lewis, Johnny Hartman, Kamala Harris, Katherine Johnson, Langston Hughes, Lebron James, Lewis Latimer, Lisa Leslie, Little Richard, Louis Armstrong, Mae Jemison, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Marian Anderson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary Kenner, Mary Lou Williams, Mary McLeod Bethune, Mary Van Brittan Brown, Matthew Henson, Maya Angelou, Melba Liston, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Michelle Obama, Miles Davis, Misty Copeland, Muhammad Ali, Nancy Wilson, Nat King Cole, Nat Turner, Nelson Mandela, Nina Simone, Octavia Butler, Phillis Wheatley, Prince, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, Robert R. Taylor, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Sammy Davis Jr., Sarah Breedlove Walker, Sarah E. Goode, Sarah Vaughan, Scott Joplin, Septima Poinsette Clark, Serena Williams, Shirley Chisholm, Simone Biles, Sojourner Truth, Terri Lyne Carrington, Terry McMillan, Thelonious Monk, Thurgood Marshall, Tina Turner, Toni Morrison, W.E.B. Dubois, Whitney Houston, Wilma Rudolph, Zora Neale Hurston


Please note that this resource does NOT include reading passages. Your students will need to use text and online resources to complete their research. View the preview to get a clear understanding of exactly what is included.


This Resource is For:

• Teachers who want to provide students with an opportunity to learn about influential black Americans through independent research and create an engaging display that is sure to get lots of compliments!


What Teachers are Saying About this Resource:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Best money I ever spent. I loved the list of people and now you have added more figures. The pictures are adorable and my student are so excited about this project, It is perfect for a first research project. – Jamie R. (Use with 1st Grade)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I thought this was AMAZING! There were a few leaders included in this resource that I didn’t know about it, so it was fun to do my own research to better educate myself. My students loved getting to choose which leader they wanted to research and then presented it to the class. This was DEFINITELY worth the money I spent, and I will be using this in future years, too! – Kaylee W. (Used with 3rd Grade)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hands down, one of the best assignments my class completed all year. – Amy Y. (Used with 1st Grade)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved that there are more than one version for this project! It is a perfect way to learn how to do a research project and could easily be used with first and second graders! Then it has the step up version with a little more room to write and create your own paragraphs. It is a must have for February! I love, love, love it! – Melissa H. (Used with 3rd Grade)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I am IN LOVE with this resource! My students enjoyed choosing from the long list of incredible people and competing the research at home with their parents. I was pleasantly surprised by who they selected. Great variety! I will be using this assignment for many years to come. Thanks so much!! – Katie C. (Used with 1st Grade)

Why I Love this Resource:

I’ve been having my first grade students research influential black Americans for several years now. I love that it gives them a chance to do their own research (with support from their family). My students can’t wait to come into class with their “findings” and discuss what they learned. This is something they have shared with their parents or guardians and can now share with the class.

I LOVE that there are over 100 people to select from. It provides lots of options!

When all of the research has been finished we will transfer the information in our neatest printing to the banner pages. The kids will be so excited when we hang them up together in the hallway to not only show everyone all of our hard work- but also to share everything we’ve learned!


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