I sometimes like to use movie clips of famous movies to connect material that we are learning to my students' lives. For example above is a clip from the new George Lucas movie about the Tuskegee airmen. To show your kids that this history is still "alive," you could show them this article detailing that 100 of the original 990 are still alive (unfortunately the article is about one who just died). Here is a lesson plan on the subject from PBS. PBS will also be airing "For Love of Liberty" starting on February 1st which will look at African American service people.