Celebrate Black History Month with free and low-cost resources from MIT

From visual art to hip hop music to Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, learn more about African American history and culture.

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MIT Open Learning

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Did you know that national celebrations of Black history date back to 1915? Fifty years after the emancipation of all enslaved people in the United States, Chicago hosted a three-week exhibit of African American accomplishments. This event attracted thousands of visitors, and inspired the Association for the Study of African American Life and History to formalize an annual period of recognition and reflection in February.

The theme for Black History Month 2024 is “African Americans and the Arts.” From jazz to Afrofuturism, the experiences of African, Caribbean, and Black Americans have shaped popular artistic movements across the world. We’ve compiled a list of free courses, videos, and other resources from MIT that speak to the historical context of the past, arts and culture of the present, and the quest for justice and equity of the future.

Arts

Culture

Environmental justice

Equity

History

Music

These course materials are available through MIT OpenCourseWare, MITx, and MIT Video Productions, which are part of MIT Open Learning. OpenCourseWare offers free, online, open educational resources from more than 2,500 courses that span the MIT undergraduate and graduate curriculum. MITx offers hundreds of high-quality massive open online courses adapted from the MIT classroom for learners worldwide. MIT Video Productions offers Emmy® Award-winning video production serving education, research, and outreach at MIT.

Other educational materials are from MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing , MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, and Wizards of the Coast.

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