African American Trailblazers (FREE)

by  Pro Football Hall of Fame

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This program examines the contributions of African American pioneers in pro football, beginning in 1904 with the signing of Charles Follis to modern day players and coaches. The 50-minute program, which is designed to be highly interactive, is supplemented by a lesson aligned with Common Core/National Standards of Education and is recommended for grades 5-12.

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Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Family & Consumer Science, Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Leadership, Literacy, Problem Solving, Social Studies/History, Technology/Information Science, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Google Hang Out

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Pro Football Hall of Fame

Canton, OH
United States

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's mission:

Honor the Greatest of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values, and Celebrate Excellence Together!

Helping to fulfill this mission are the many educational and youth initiatives offered by the Hall of Fame.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Youth & Education Department is committed to empower youth around the world and aims to inspire young people to achieve Hall of Fame success on and off the field. Our BEST work will yield a new generation of character, courage & compassion. Young men and women of nobility, integrity and honor who are both inclusive (of all races & religions) and prepared to respect, and, if necessary, defend,
those who are weaker or different than themselves. A new generation that shall make our families stronger, our communities closer, our companies more competitive, our country greater and our world a better place to live. A positive & passionate generation of perseverance, excellence & love.

Jerry Csaki

Program Details


10 minutes - Welcome/Mission/Values
30 minutes - Discussion/Videos on African American Trailblazers in Pro Football
10 minutes - Question and Answers


• To help students understand the contributions of African American football trailblazers.
• Students use the Internet as a tool for finding and gathering information.
• Students use information gathered to give an oral presentation about a chosen African American football pioneer.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

National Standards Met:
US History 5th-12th Grade: Era 7: The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930); Era 8: The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945); Era 9: Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s); Era 10: Contemporary United States (1968-Present)

Technology: Empowered Learner; Digital Citizen; Knowledge Constructor

Visual Arts: Performing/Presenting/Producing: 4 – Select, analyze and interpret artistic work for presentation; 5 – Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation; 6 – Convey meaning through presentation of artistic work. Connecting: 11 – Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historic context to deepen understanding