World War I Centennial

The centennial of the U.S. involvement in World War I, “War To End All Wars,” is April 6.

The United States World War One Centennial Commission

The United States World War One Centennial Commission and the National World War I Museum & Memorial are partnering along with other national organizations such as the Department of Education, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives  to bring together education resources about World War I into an education eNewsletter and online collection.

The Resource Center can be searched by grade level and subject area.

The Role of African Americans in World War I

Paul LaRue, former social sciences teacher  at Washington Courthouse High SChool and member of Ohio’s WWI centennial commission, has created lesson plans on the role of African-Americans in World War I based on his research and the work of his former students.

One of the lesson plans is about Homer Lawson, a “Harlem Hellfighter” from Washington Court House, who died in combat in France. In his home town, the American Legion Post is named in his honor.

A second lesson plan looks at the role African-Americans played in the war, both in and out of combat.