As we observe Black History Month throughout the month of February, it is interesting to take a look back at where it all began. Harvard scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson, know as the “Father of Black History”, began promoting what was called Negro History Week in 1926 during the second week of February to celebrate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass – two men who had greatly impacted the black population. Over the ensuing decades, it has evolved into a four-week-long celebration of African American History.
Locally, it is important to note that African American families are playing a central role in the increasing diversity of the David Douglas School District. Whereas 15 years ago African American students comprised less than 3 percent of our enrollment, today that figure is more than 10 percent.
David Douglas embraces the rich, cultural contributions of all our students and families, and we are proud to recognize Black History Month.
Learn more about Black History Month by following the links below.