Brevard Public Schools Celebrates Black History Month
Join Brevard Public Schools as we celebrate Black History Month, one of many opportunities to recognize and reflect on the rich history, culture, and contributions of African Americans in Brevard County and across our nation.
As we observe Black History Month, it is an opportunity to learn how this national celebration began. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” founded The Association for the Study and Life of African American History (ASALH) organization in 1915 and began promoting what was previously titled Negro History Week in 1926 during the second week of February, to celebrate the birthdays of two men who had greatly impacted the freedom of African Americans - Frederick Douglas and President Abraham Lincoln. Over the decades, the week-celebration has evolved into a month-celebration and year-round observance of African American History which is far too often under-represented in the education of U.S. history.
In 1928, ASALH began a tradition of implementing a yearly theme as an additional focus for public attention on areas that are important to focus on as a community. The 2021 theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. Locally, it is important to note that African American families are a contributing population to those we have the honor of educating and we are a better community for it. To date, 15% of our students identify as Black or African American. The families we serve represent cultures from every corner of our country and the world which our students are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn and grow with.
Black History Month is one of many opportunities throughout the year to incorporate learning across the curriculum and all grade levels to empower our students to be more enriched and appreciative of one another. We are honored to offer African American Studies at some of our high schools in the district and look forward to adding this opportunity at additional schools in the near future. Brevard Schools recognizes that we have a commitment to improve our diversity and equity practices for our African American community and other minorities by accelerating student achievement, eradicate opportunity gaps and increase the diversity of our employees to better represent the diversity of our students and families.