SFUSD Celebrates Black History 365 Days a Year

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.

This year's national Black History Month theme is Black Health and Wellness, set by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme also considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.

We will continue to update this blog post with events, activities, and resources, so please check back soon!

(Coming soon!)