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Each February, we celebrate the essential contributions of the African diaspora to our shared American experience during Black History Month.

Pop Culture Classroom has created free original comics and shareable graphics to inspire. You’ll also find recommended reading from other sources and other kinds of pop culture that students — and adults — will love.

Discussion Topics from Pop Culture Classroom

Understanding the context of history and current events is an essential skill in today’s media-saturated world. This list of discussion prompts and resources from the Pop Culture Classroom Blog can help engage student engagement and critical thinking.

Black History Comics

Comic books can make complex social and historical subjects more accessible and engaging for students with a variety of reading-comprehension levels.

Black History Comics from Pop Culture Classroom

Download Pop Culture Classroom’s 2021 African American History Educational Comic Collection. The collection includes nine unique and compelling comics that highlight important people, places, and events in the history of the U.S. — and our home state of Colorado.


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Selected Readings from Others


By John Lewis (Author), Andrew Aydin (Author), Nate Powell (Illustrator, Artist)

Publisher: IDW Publishing


The Silence of Our Friends

The Silence of Our Friends 

By Mark Long and Jim Demonakos; illustrated by Nate Powell

Publisher: First Second

Hot Comb

By Ebony Flowers

Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Hot Comb

The New Kid

By Jerry Craft

Publisher: Quill Tree Books

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet

by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Writer), Brian Stelfreeze (Artist), Chris Sprouse (Artist)

Publisher: Marvel

Black Panther: One Nation Under Our Feet

Ironheart: Those with Courage

Ironheart Vol.1: Those With Courage

By Eve L. Ewing (Goodreads Author), Kevin Libranda (Visual Art), Luciano Vecchio (Illustrations), G. Geoffo (Illustrations)

Publisher: Marvel

I Am Alfonso Jones

By Tony Medina; Illustrated by Stacey Robinson, John Jennings

Publisher: Tu Books

I am Alfonso Jones

Ugrade Soul

Upgrade Soul

By Ezra Claytan Daniels

Publisher: Lion Forge/Oni Press

Icon: A Hero’s Welcome

by Dwayne McDuffie  (Author), MD Bright (Illustrator)

Publisher: DC

Icon: A Hero's Welcome

Invisible Men

Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books

By Ken Quattro

Publisher: Yoe Books

Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater

By Ted Fox; Illustrator James Otis Smith

Publisher: Abrams

The Harlem Hellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters

By Max Brooks, Illustrated by Caanan White

Publisher: Del Rey

Encyclopedia of Black Comics

By Sheena C. Howard  (Author), Christopher Priest (Author, Afterword), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Foreword)

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Encyclopedia of Black Comics

African American Classics

African-American Classics

By Langston Hughes (Author), Zora Neale Hurston (Author), W.E.B. Du Bois (Author), Jean Toomer (Author), Paul Laurence Dunbar (Author), Alice Dunbar Nelson (Author), Charles W. Chesnutt (Author), Claude McKay (Author), Florence Lewis Bentley (Author), Frances E.W. Harper (Author), Tom Pomplun (Editor), Lance Tooks (Editor), Kyle Baker  (Artist), Afua Richardson (Artist), Trevor Von Eeden (Artist), Jeremy Love (Artist), Randy DuBurke (Artist), Stan Shaw (Artist), Milton Knight (Artist), Arie Monroe (Artist), Jim Webb (Artist), Shepherd Hendrix (Artist)

Publisher: Eureka Productions

Shareable Black History Month Graphics

Teaching Resources from Others

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