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MCSD Celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and the Martin County School District is proud to join school districts, organizations and groups from around the nation in celebrating the many contributions made by Black and African Americans to our society. 

 

Black History Month dates back to the first Negro History Week, celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This was the idea of Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History.” 

 

During the nation’s bicentennial celebration, President Gerald Ford officially established Black History Month (also known as African American History Month). President Ford stated, “We can seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history. I urge my fellow citizens to join me in tribute to Black History Month and the message of courage and perseverance it brings to all of us.”

 

Earlier this month, Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the theme and student contests for the Florida Department of Education's Black History Month celebration. This year’s theme will be “Celebrating Public Service” to recognize and pay tribute to African-American leaders who play prominent roles in public service throughout Florida.

 

First Lady DeSantis has invited Florida students to participate in academic and creative contests based on this year’s theme. Students in grades K-3 are invited to participate in an art contest while students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest. Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award. Please click here to learn more about these contests. 

 

Students, parents and the community are encouraged to visit the following websites to learn more about Black History Month and prominent figures in our nation's history:

 

The Library of Congress

History.com - Facts and People in Black History

Scholastic - 28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

Biography.com - Black History Month

NAACP of Martin County

State Library and Archives of Florida - Black History Month Resources for Students and Educators