Honor African American Leaders

Honor African American Leaders lesson plan

Who was the first Black woman in North America to be elected mayor? Daurene Lewis, from Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Showcase her achievements and those of other famous African American leaders!

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    Choose a person of African descent who is making, or has made, major contributions to society. Students research people within their own community, state or province, or country. Identify the person’s achievements and interests to highlight on a poster.

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    An example of a person to choose is Dr. Daurene Lewis, the first Black woman in North America to be elected mayor (of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada). She later became Principal, Halifax Campuses, Nova Scotia Community College. She is also an internationally known weaver. 

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    With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, students sketch the person they are honoring. Include details such as the name, country, and dates. Write captions for illustrations about several achievements.

  • 4.

    Use Crayola Washable Markers, Washable Fine Line Markers, and Washable Multicultural Markers to color the poster. Show the country’s flag colors, important symbols of positions held, or other descriptive designs.


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • SS: Explore factors that contribute to one's personal identity such as interests, capabilities, and perceptions.
  • SS: Identify examples of institutions and describe the interactions of people with institutions.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carol Boston Weatherford; 100 African-Americans Who Shaped American History by Chrisanne Beckner; African American Art and Artists by Samella Lewis
  • Encourage students to write biographies of honored individuals. These can be presented in essay format or an electronic format for sharing with classmates.