Hidden Figures of Black History

Hidden Figure in woods
I am in the midst of planning by lessons for black history month.  Each year, I make sure I study my favorite people in African American history.  This year, however, I’m also making sure that I cover people and parts of black history which are less famous.  While there will always be people in history who are less celebrated, it does not make their contributions to history any less important.  In fact, sometimes the hidden figures in African American history have allowed others to make more famous contributions.
Hidden Figure in woods

Hidden Figures Movie Images
It’s the time of year when many of us are studying black history in our classrooms.  I recently saw the amazing movie Hidden Figures. If you have not seen this yet, please check it out.  The African American women featured in this movie accomplished so much while working for NASA, and most Americans never knew about their accomplishments.  The movie made me begin thinking about the many hidden figures in African American history.


Most years, when I teach black history to my students, I focus on my favorite heroes and heroines.  I still do that, because there are certain individuals in Black history who are very important to me.  The movie, however, inspired me to add new heroes to my black history studies.


In light of the movie, I created this free black history word search. It features many important figures in black history. Some are well known, and other names on the word search are less well known.  If nothing else, it’s a fun way to get your students thinking about black history.  It also works well at the end of your black history month studies as well.


There are a few things you want to consider as you plan your black history month studies, for 5 tips to consider first, click here.  If you’re looking for a creative way to teach African American history to your class this month, please look at my Black History Month Lessons and Pop Up Book bundle.  It is full of rich informational text for your students to learn about the hidden, and less hidden figures of African American history.  Here’s hoping you and your class have a wonderful February.

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Explore hidden figures of black history month with your class. Activities, people, lessons, worksheets, and projects for kids. Explore famous heroes like Harriet Tubman, and Martin Luther King, and the less famous figures like Katherine Johnson. Lessons include reading comprehension strategies with rich informational texts. Perfect for African American history month and studies. #blackhistorymonth, #AfricanAmericanHistorymonth
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    Wild Child
    February 13, 2017 at 2:44 am

    I adored that movie, too.

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    Wild Child
    February 13, 2017 at 2:45 am

    I adored that movie, too.

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    Print Path
    February 13, 2017 at 3:28 am

    That movie was so incredibly powerful! A must see. Thanks for the word search!

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    Marcy Howe
    February 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Am looking forward to seeing this movie. Break is coming next week! Thank you for your word search creation.

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