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February 15, 2021
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Celebrating Black History Month
The annual observance of Black History Month traces its origins to 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.” Groups like The Center for Racial Justice in Education have urged schools to expand on the study and representation of Black lives beyond February. “Unless Black history is taught throughout the year, it perpetuates an ‘othering’ of Black Lives and Black students, and is also a manifestation of anti-blackness,” according to the center. “Ensuring the ongoing integration of Black history and experiences throughout all curriculum is imperative as educators continue to uplift every student and reinforce that Black Lives Matter everyday.” The center has compiled a list of resources for educators at https://bit.ly/3q4pzks.
Looking ahead: Observances in March Read Across America Day (March 2): Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association and guided by a committee of educators, NEA’s Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. Find resources, including articles on nine ways to celebrate virtually and how to incorporate more diverse books, at https://www.nea.org/professional-excellence/student-engagement/read-across-america. Women’s History Month: This observance, which was established by Congress in 1987, commemorates and encourages the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Find links to resources for teachers at https://womenshistorymonth.gov/for-teachers/.
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