As a school district that values diversity, we believe Black History should be celebrated 365 days a year — 366 in a leap year. The diverse histories, experiences, stories and voices of Black people should be recognized, honored, and uplifted every day.
We also value the fundamental opportunity Black History Month offers schools to acknowledge African Americans as critical to the past, present and future. We recognize the importance, relevance and origins of Black History Month. In 1926, Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) launched “Negro History Week” to promote the studying of African American history as a discipline and to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans.
Although we have made progress in our efforts to reach each and every SFUSD student, we know that there are still persistent gaps in access, experiences and outcomes of our Black students in our district, city and country.
We are proud that there are many examples of how students, staff, school sites and school communities in SFUSD are uplifting the achievements and history of Black Americans all year and especially during the month of February.
We will continue to update this blog post, so please check back soon!
- Month of February: African American Read-In
- 2/16 - 2/18: African American Honor Roll Celebration
- 2/16 - Elementary Schools
- 2/17 - Middle Schools
- 2/18 - High Schools
- 2/17: Forward Together: Celebrating Black Joy in the Performing Arts
- Hosted by Keith Carames and Whitnee Garrett-Walker
- Produced by James Lick Middle in SFUSD
- 2/23: Black History Month Book Giveaway
- The 25th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Composition & Art Contest
- Submissions must be received by 2/10
- 2/27: The 41st Annual Oratorical / Musical Contest
- Students must apply to perform in the showcase by 2/20
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