CBC Foundation Launches Avoice For Educators

Teachers, Students Will Have Primary Sources for Congressional Historical Research

WASHINGTON - The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) announced today that its acclaimed virtual library - Avoice: African American Voices in Congress (Avoice) - has launched a new portal that offers educators the flexibility to incorporate African-American congressional history into various curriculums. The lesson units were designed to meet national educational standards in a wide range of subjects while also promoting inter-disciplinary research and analytical skills.

Now available at the Web site, Avoice For Educators offers primary document sources, worksheets, vocabulary lists and bibliographies to guide educators in using online resources to supplement classroom instruction in U.S. history, government, civic and environmental science classes.

"The lesson units are designed for grades eight through 12," said Elsie L. Scott, president and chief executive officer for CBCF. "We hope that teachers find these lessons units useful as adaptable resources for increasing students, understanding of the diverse history of our nation. We also hope that it sparks student interest to want to engage in civic activities."

Created in 2006, Avoice is the central source of information on black political and legislative participation. Its six existing digital-archive exhibits focus on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Bill, Origins of the CBC, the Voting Rights Act, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, the Women of the CBC and Environmental Justice - and offer rich media content and resources on historical and contemporary black policy issues important to researchers, academics, educators and students.

For more information about the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, visit www.cbcfinc.org .



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