CHICAGO–February 2, 2007–In honor of Black History month, World Book, Inc. ( has introduced an in-depth Black History Content Spotlight available free online. The World Book Black History spotlight provides students, educators, and families with an overview of the history of the African Americans´ struggle for freedom as well as the many contributions they have made in shaping the United States and the world. It is accessible at

The site offers a comprehensive examination of the African American journey to freedom and equality, beginning with the slave trade and continuing through the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960´s and beyond. The World Book Black History site also celebrates the contributions African Americans have made to American culture overall, including African American literature and its role in exploring black identity, the condemnation of racism, the celebration of the unique aspects of African American culture, and the tremendous role of African Americans in creating American music.

Among the dozens of influential African Americans profiled are W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, and Richard Wright.

Additionally, the site includes interactive quizzes, illustrations, and photographs to reinforce learning as well as dozens of editor-reviewed Web-site links that help students explore subjects further, including links to government, university, and civil rights organizations.

"The Black History spotlight allows students to explore on their own, provides a learning tool teachers and librarians can use to inspire their students, and offers a foundation to spark thought-provoking discussions in the classroom and at home," said Paul Gazzolo, president of World Book. "All our Content Spotlights, like Black History, provide age-appropriate, balanced information, using text and media to make learning more interesting and engaging for students."

The World Book Black History site also ties to state curriculum standards.

About World Book Online

The World Book Online Reference Center ( is the premier online encyclopedia for students and educators. World Book´s direct, easy-to-understand writing style and media-rich environment make it the ideal reference site for learners of all ages. The World Book Concise Encyclopedia ( provides students and their families with ready reference from home.

Black History is one of dozens of World Book Content Spotlight areas available at no charge and designed to bring alive topics for students, prompting them to explore areas that they may not have known they had an interest in.

About World Book

Celebrating in 2007 the 90th anniversary of the first edition of The World Book Encyclopedia, World Book, Inc. sets the standard in publishing accurate, current, and reliable reference and learning materials for children and adults. Based in Chicago, Ill., World Book is committed to creating learning materials that meet the highest standards of editorial excellence while leveraging the advantages of online delivery. This commitment has culminated in a wide range of products which include the number-one selling The World Book Encyclopedia, and such leading digital products as the World Book Online Reference Center. World Book is a Scott Fetzer company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

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