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Celebrating Black History Month

02/01/18

In February, schools throughout the district will celebrate Black History Month. Did you know that Black History Month actually started as Negro History Week? Dr. Carter G. Woodson declared the second week of February to be Negro History Week in 1926 to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14). To Woodson, teaching Black history in schools was essential: "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated."

In 1970, a coalition of Black students and educators founded Black History Month at Kent State University. Six years later, Black History Month was recognized nationally during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial.

This month, we ask that all our schools give dedicated time and space to celebrate of Black history and the contributions of Black people in literature, mathematics, science, politics, and many more fields. If you would like to join us or to hold your own Black History Month celebration, the African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative (AAALI) will highlight a Black historical figure with a brief biography and links to potential resources for learning every day on their Facebook page.

SFUSD also ensures that African-American history is integrated into our curriculum throughout the year at all grade levels.

African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative

In December 2017, SFUSD released its 2017 African American Achievement & Leadership Initiative annual report. Please read to see how our district is supporting African American students and what work and challenges remain in ensuring that each and every African American student has a high-quality educational experience here.

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