Johnny Key

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Contributions of African Americans (Act 561)

Resources for Historical Contributions Made by African-Americans (Act 561)

Act 561 of 2017 provided direction to the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to update the materials and resources for the teaching of historical contributions made by African-Americans in the United States and in other countries prior to the establishment of the United States for inclusion in the appropriate curricula of all kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) of all public schools in Arkansas.

Please download Historical Contributions Made by African-Americans (DOCX).

The links in this document provide lessons and resources for the teaching of historical contributions made by African-Americans in the United States and in other countries prior to the establishment of the United States. They are organized into grade-level bands. 

For more information, please contact:

Melissa Starkey, Social Studies Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-6584

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