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February is Black History Month
Updated: Feb 8, 2021
Black History Month - DDMES NEWS
The students are learning lots of important information about Black History and many contributions to the world. If you’d like to see some standards’ based videos and support lessons at home, have your student log into Discovery Education through their WakeID. There are lots of great videos available that show timelines, change over time, multiple perspectives, and the list goes on!
National PTA NEWS
February is Black History Month. It’s a time to celebrate and recognize the achievements, struggles, and history of African Americans. Wednesday, February 3, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed February as Black History Month in North Carolina. Sharing that “Every February we celebrate African Americans who have helped shape and strengthen North Carolina and who changed the course of American history. This is a time for us to honor their work and sacrifice by committing to continue their fight for equality and justice.”
This past Saturday, at a gathering hosted by the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, as it marks its 10th anniversary this year, Governor Cooper spoke commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Greensboro sit-ins. The “Greensboro Four” sat at a ‘white’s-only’ lunch counter peacefully protesting inequality and discrimination. “Their bravery is a milestone in North Carolina and U.S. history, and helped change the landscape of the civil rights movement.”
To learn more about ways North Carolina is honoring Black History Month
NC African American Heritage Commission: Black History Month 2021 Events
WCNC Charlotte: Black History Month events in the Carolinas this year
WRAL: 13 ways for kids, families to mark Black History Month in Raleigh, Durham, Cary
PBS: 20 pertinent classroom resources for Black History Month
National PTA has created information and resources on the unique challenges African-American children face and ways PTAs can better support African-American families in achieving student success. Check out their State of the African-American Child article and special message from Marian Wright Edelman—founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund—which stress the importance of focusing more time, energy and funding to the challenges that the African-American child faces every day.
National PTA also offers resources and tools to help African American families support their child and improve their school. These resources can also help PTAs better support African American families.
In honor of Black History month, submit the names of African American contributors at your school. Our schools are supported by those that serve daily as educators, counselors, coaches, and service staff. In honor of Black History month, we encourage you to identify an African American employee that has a long period of service, maybe a recent retirement, or a memorable impact with their dedicated servants’ heart. Just submit their name, maybe a photo with their permission, the school, and a few sentences of why you would like to highlight them. Send by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about African American History Month and visit some of these sites.