Black History Project:African-Americans who have had an international impact

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This project is to be centered on African-Americans who have had an impact in countries around the world. Therefore it cannot have a subject that has only had an impact in the USA only. No current celebrities allowed. The subject must be an American.(So Nelson Mandela does not qualify)

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What is required?

You will have your subject displayed on a mini poster. No bigger than 18’x22’(about half the size of a regular poster). Include relevant pictures & captions. Someone should be able to read your poster and have a basic understanding of your subject.

1-page essay in your own words on your subject.  DO NOT cut & paste from Wikipedia! You will receive more points if you write in your own words with grammatical errors than if you cut & paste without grammatical errors.

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Possible Topics:

Martin Luther King in India                                                                                                                         Louis Armstrong-International Goodwill Ambassador                                                       Founding of Liberia

WEB Dubois in Ghana

Andrew Young UN Ambassador

Colin Powell-Secretary of State

Research African American Diplomats

Harlem Hellfighters

Tuskegee Airmen(Research 1 member of the Tuskegee Airmen)

Influence of the US Civil Rights Movement in another country

George Curtis Moore-Ambassador to Sudan

Larry Leon Palmer-diplomat

Ebenezer D. Bassett-1st African-American diplomat

The influence of Gandhi on Martin Luther King

Travels of Frederick Douglas to Ireland and England (his impact & reception there)

Condoleeza Rice-expert & scholar on Russia

Condoleezza Rice-Secretary of State (one accomplishment)

Colin Powell(Secretary of State -1 accomplishment)

Colin Powell-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

10th Calvary Regiment (buffalo Soldiers) during the Spanish American War

African Americans Who have received the Congressional Medal of Honor.Look at African Americans who received the award: Spanish-American War, World War 1, World War 2, Korean War, Vietnam War

Matthew Henson-explorer

William Shepherd-   explorer & missionary to the Congo

John L. Withers- ambassador to Albania

Johnny Young (diplomat) ambassador to 4 different countries

Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. ambassador

James Weldon Johnson- poet & US diplomat

Ralph Bunche-US diplomat & Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Ronald D. Palmer- US Ambassador to Malaysia & Togo

Terrance Alphonso Todman- served as US ambassador to Chad, Guinea, Costa Rica, Spain, Denmark, and Argentina.

Patricia Roberts Harris Secretary of HUD & Heath, Education, & Welfare. Later ambassador to Luxemburg

Elliot Skinner- American anthropologist and United States Ambassador to Republic of Upper Volta (Now Burkina Faso)

Ruth A. Davis- ambassador to Benin

Richard Fox- ambassador to Trinidad & Tobago

Joseph Monroe Segars- ambassador to Cape Verde

Harry K. Thomas present ambassador to the Philippines

Edward Joseph Perkins- US ambassador to the UN, Liberia, & South Africa (born in Louisiana)

John L. Withers, II- ambassador to Albania

Richard Allen-  founder in 1816 of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) denomination

John Day (born: 1797), Southern Baptist missionary to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Central Africa also a founder of Liberia

Note: Some of these people are still alive. Take the initiative and contact them through a letter or email. Invite them to address the class in person or online. Great way to get bonus points!

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Frederick Douglass mural in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Early Dismissal Day: Make an Ad

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This Wednesday will be an early dismissal day. Since the classes will be abbreviated you will be responsible for only one assignment.

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Your Task: Create an advertisement for a technological advance in history.  This should be a one-page ad that could appear in a newspaper or magazine.

 Your ad must include:

  1. A drawing of the item or the location of the event
  2. Color throughout
  3. Why people should be interested
  4. A price
  5. A list of what the item does
  6. A made up quote from someone living at the time

After creating your advertisement describe your product in one paragraph. What does your product do and how does it advance society.

Advertisement Assignment Instructions Sheet

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Industrial Revolution: New Ideas


As Industry grew and populations grew from primarily rural to urban society began to change and new ways of thinking about the economy emerged. Next, we will examine the new ideas and the thinkers who struggled with how to understand the consequences of the industrial world. Laissezfaire economics as presented by the writer Adam Smith supported free market capitalism while Karl Marx advanced the theories of socialism and communism.  Links to the Powerpoint & work are found in the links below. The Crash Course World History video is a helpful summary.

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New Ideas in Society Powerpoint

New Ideas in Society Guided Notes

Industrialization Spreads Textbook Reading

Reforming the Industrial World Textbook Reading

Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham proposed utilitarianism the idea that the goal of  society should be “the greatest happiness for the greatest number of citizens.”  After he died his body was stuffed and it is still on display at University College London. I met Jeremy in 2002.


Lastly, you will complete a crossword puzzle and read about the Crystal Palace Exposition that was held in London at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

Industrial Revolution Crossword & Crystal Palace Guided Reading

Industry and Industrialists


The growth of industry brought about changes in society and the growth of industry. Before the Industrial Revolution, wealthy landowners controlled most of the wealth & power in society but afterward, power and wealth became centered in industrialists, financiers, and bankers. These entrepreneurs would pool their money to create large corporations which created large industries. We will examine some of these industrialists like Andrew Carnegie in a short powerpoint.


Afterward, you will examine the changes different industrial inventions have made through history and then brainstorm what those inventions may look like in the future.

Industry & Industrialists Powerpoint

Industry & Industrialists Guided Notes

Inventions Past, Present and Future Worksheet



New Unit-Industrial Revolution



With the start of a new semester, we will also begin a new unit. We will investigate the Revolutionary changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution. This will include the changes brought by inventions and advances in technology but also the new ideas that emerged as a result of industrialization & urbanization.

But first, we will look at the Agricultural revolution in Great Britain and how that led to the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. From there will examine the growth of industry in the textile industry which was advanced by inventions such as the steam engine. We will look at both inventions & the inventors. Afterward, you will complete an organizer looking at the definitions and purposes of the accomplishments of the Industrial Revolution. Below you will find the links to the Powerpoint and the organizer.


Beginnings of the Industrial Revolution Powerpoint

Inventions & Definitions Organizer Use the organizer to research important inventions. Include a definition, the purpose of the invention, the inventor, the country of origin and the result & impact of the invention. Be brief. Then summarize the invention that has had the greatest impact on you. 

The Beginnings of Industrialization Textbook Reading