Black History Gets Animated

BrainPOP, a leading producer of animated educational films, is celebrating Black History Month with more than a dozen animation shorts detailing the history of the African American experience and honoring such luminaries as civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., writer Maya Angelou and baseball great Jackie Robinson. The shorts are being offered free of charge at throughout the month of February.

Other animated shorts featured on the BrainPOP site for Black History Month will focus on civil rights activist Malcolm X, musician Louis Armstrong, Brown vs. Board of Education, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War and Apartheid. A special mini-site including all Black History Month topics can be accessed from the BrainPOP home page.

Founded in 1999 by Avraham Kadar, M.D., BrainPOP has built an archive of nearly 600 animated educational movies. Starring the popular Tim and Moby characters, the shorts cover such core curriculum subjects as science, English, social studies and math, but also tackle current-event topics such as stem cell research, terrorism, SARS, tsunamis and Avian Flu.

Approximately twenty-five percent of schools in the United States currently subscribe to the BrainPOP service. Millions of students regularly watch the movies and exchange messages with the animated characters, who lead them through related activities on the BrainPOP web site. To view the films and find more information about the company, go to BrainPOP en Espanol is available at, and BrainPOP Junior can be found at