Here are some resources I dug up:
One friend suggested Stevie Wonder’s “Black Man” and this YouTube video which shows the names and pictures of the people mentioned in the song is pretty good. It also shows some other famous African Americans. Of course, the song also focuses on Native Americans and Asian Americans and even Jewish and European Americans so it isn’t ideal.
These discussion questions aren’t too bad, although a little advanced for my group and they do stray into controversial areas.
This lesson plan analyzing the “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King is excellent although not discussion-focused so I will probably only use part of it. But for a writing or literature based lesson, it’s really excellent.
And here’s another good onethat also focuses on literary devices like allusions, metaphors and similes. Of course my students aren’t conversant in the Bible, the Declaration of Independence or American patriotic songs so the allusions would go over their heads.
I do like the idea behind this list of famous African American inventions but it’s a bit disingenuous. A did a bit of research and while all these inventors did patent or invent versions of these items, they were not the first nor are their versions the ones we use commonly. On the other hand, many scientists and inventors were African-American and they did contribute to American innovation. And the first heart surgery was done by a black man, Charles Richard Drew, who also did a lot to help create blood banks.