Celebrating Black History
February 10, 2021 12:00 AM
PDE Press and Communications Office
Black History Month, observed annually each February, is devoted to commemorating Black achievements, contributions to society, and history.
Declared the second week of February by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Black History Month began as Negro History Week in 1926 and has since expanded to a monthlong celebration. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially dedicated February as Black History Month. Countries around the world like Canada,
the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands also have months
devoted to celebrating Black history, contributions, and achievements.
During Black History Month and throughout the entire year, educators find new and great ways to infuse Black history into their lessons and celebrate the accomplishments, experiences, and perspectives of Black people.
Black history can be incorporated into history class and much more. For example, in students can be provided with texts – poetry, fiction, and nonfiction – written by Black people in English class. Students can learn about Black scientists and mathematicians, and study the science of how soil was used in both West Africa and South Carolina to grow rice, and examine the mathematical patterns of African art. Students can learn about important Black figures – especially local ones – in any class.
Black History Month offers many opportunities to integrate Black experiences, accomplishments, and perspectives into the classroom while acknowledging and honoring Black humanity.