Best Black History Month Writing Prompts (Free Printable)

Add these Black History Month writing prompts to your February lesson plans so that your students will deepen their thinking about the achievements and challenges of African-Americans throughout history.

These black history writing prompts can be adapted for all levels, from elementary to high school.

Black History Month Writing Prompts

Informational Black History Month Writing Prompts

  • In 2 to 3 paragraphs, describe how in the past some people used racial segregation to exclude others and how doing so caused conflict.
  • Racism looks like…
  • Imagine being an African-American adult 80 years ago. Write about the similarities and differences you would experience during that time compared to now.
  • In 2 to 3 paragraphs, describe a world with no conflict or hopelessness.
  • You’re the author for a children’s publishing company and need to write a biography about Harriet Tubman. Draft her biography, and include the following information: birth date, place of birth, family information, childhood experiences, significant achievements, challenges overcome, etc.
  • Write an article for the school newspaper giving tips on how to restrain oneself from judging others negatively based on skin color.
  • The most inspirational story I heard during Black History Month …
  • Using the 5 Ws + H (Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why? + How?), retell the story of the Underground Railroad.
  • Describe at least 2 inventions created by African-Americans. Explain how these creations have impacted society.
  • Write the pros and cons of focusing on black history only during one month of the year.
  • Explain Black History Month to a person from another country who has little to no knowledge of U.S racial history.

Creative Black History Month Writing Prompts

  • Create a social media hashtag for Black History Month. Brainstorm any ideas, events, adventures, and/or activities your hashtag will represent.
  • My dream is for the world to…
  • Imagine that you have an opportunity to interview any famous African-American, living or deceased. Write a list of 15 questions that you would ask. Explain why you chose those questions.
  • The story that I heard or read during Black History Month that was most impactful to me…
  • In two to three paragraphs, write the three best things about Black History Month. Provide specific details.  
  • If racism didn’t exist, the world would be…
  • Write about a typical day from the prospective of a black person living in the United States in the 1940s or 1950s.
  • E.Q.U.A.L.I.T.Y – Create an acrostic poem using the word equality. 
  • Wild Card Prompt: Create any story or piece of writing you’d like about Black History Month. Your writing piece can be persuasive, informational, narrative, poem, etc.
  • You are given the task of designing the cover of a magazine that highlights famous African-Americans. Describe your cover using lots of details.

Civil Rights Writing Prompts

  • Dr. King didn’t believe in violence. In your opinion, is there ever a time to use violence when fighting for civil rights?
  • To me, equality means…
  • Describe a time when it may be appropriate for a group of individuals to protest against injustice. Explain in detail why you feel this way.
  • After reading a book or watching a video about a topic related to civil rights, retell the most important ideas you learned in 2 to 3 paragraphs.
  • Write about 2 to 4 things that are better now in the United States for African-Americans compared to 70 or 80 years ago.

MLK/Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Prompts

  • There were many who fought for the civil rights of African-Americans. However, many opposed it. Write in detail about why you think some people opposed rights for blacks.
  • Retell 3 of Dr. King’s greatest accomplishments. Explain why these achievements are significant.
  • Brainstorm 5 adjectives that you’d use to describe Martin Luther King, Jr. Now write an example of him showcasing each particular trait.
  • In 2 to 4 paragraphs, compare and contrast Dr. King to Rosa Parks or Harriet Tubman.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote a historic speech called “I Have a Dream.” Pretend that you are the class president. Write a speech to the student body encouraging everyone to be kind and respectful towards others. Be detailed in your reasoning, and provide lots of examples.
  • What lasting impact has Dr. King had on the United States and the African-American community?
  • If Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, how do you think he would feel about race relations in the world today?
  • Describe what makes an exemplary leader.
  • Write a paragraph or two explaining the sequence of significant events in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life.
  • You’re a reporter and have the chance to interview Dr. King about his life. Write a script with a list of questions you’ll ask him along with his responses. If you need, use the 5 Ws + H (Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why?, and How?) to help generate questions.
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