Join us this month as we celebrate Black History Month, a time to reflect on the rich culture and immense contributions of African Americans to our society.
As we observe Black History Month throughout the month of February, it is interesting to take a look back at where this celebration began. Harvard scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” began promoting what was then called Negro History Week in 1926 during the second week of February to celebrate the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln — two men who had greatly impacted the black population in America. 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 about 5 percent of our enrollment, today that figure is more than 12 percent, and we are a better community for it. David Douglas is fortunate to be among the most diverse school districts in Oregon. A “majority-minority” community, our families represent cultures from every corner of our country and the world. Our students are incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to grow up within such dynamic diversity.
David Douglas embraces the rich, cultural contributions of all our students and families, and we are proud to recognize Black History Month.
At the February 14th School Board meeting, in addition to this proclamation being read, community partners, staff members and students spoke. The highlight was student leaders from our Black Student Union sharing the importance of black history in our nation and world.
“The differentness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess.” — Dr. Carter G. Woodson
Learn more about Black History Month by following the links below.
Article feature photo: Jazzy Griffin, a Read 180 class assistant at Floyd Light Middle School, created the display celebrating Black History Month
Students, staff and parent volunteers around the District created the work pictured in this article, as well as many more projects currently on display in our schools.