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Theme: “Celebrating our Heritage”
FEBRUARY 2, 2018 – Come Celebrate with Us. Telling Our Story Through Music
FEBRUARY 23, 2018 – District Wide Celebration Featuring our students
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What are the origins of black history month?
"Black History Month" grew out of "Black History Week", which began as "Negro History Week" in 1926.
Carter G. Woodson, historian and founder of "The Journal of Negro History", established "Negro History Week" as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history.
Woodson chose the second week of February because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Not to answer your question with a question, but which is it that you want to do: stop talking about black history, or incorporate it in history-at-large?
Black History Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, LGBT History Month, Women's History Month, and Jewish American Heritage Month all exist because members of these groups are historically underrepresented in the teaching of history.
Their accomplishments and contributions to society are all too often deemed inconsequential and not worth discussing. These communities have taken it on themselves to promote historical figures and events as a way to remember the past and to educate the public.
If all you've learned about black history in your lifetime is slavery, MLK, Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X, some of the fault is yours. There is a treasure trove of information available to anyone who's interested. The best part is, it's available all year long.