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NPS Recognizes Black History Month

NPS Recognizes Black History Month
Emily Morgan

The Norwalk Board of Education is proud to recognize Black History Month at Norwalk Public Schools. Throughout the month, members of our community, schools, educators and students are encouraged to honor the accomplishments of Black Americans and their important contributions throughout history.

On Feb. 29, NPS will host the second annual districtwide Black History & Heritage Festival at Brien McMahon High School. The district will follow the national theme of “African Americans the Arts” and celebrate the many impacts that Black Americans have had on visual arts, music, cultural movements and more. We invite everyone to come see performances and presentations by our students that highlight the incredible and inspiring contributions made by Black Americans.

In the 1920’s historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson and the organization he founded, raised awareness of the contributions of Black Americans. The celebration was held in February to coincide with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The observance was expanded in 1976 to a month-long-celebration as part of the nation’s bicentennial. Since then, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

Every year, NPS classrooms across the district highlight Black History Month by learning about historical figures, inventors, educators and civil rights leaders. Educators highlight books written by black American authors and poets, and incorporate videos and other resources into every day lessons. Students discuss subjects such as school integration and civil rights, Landmark legal decisions, and the role of black Americans in military history. 

By declaring February Black History month, the Board of Education encourages all schools to share in activities and celebrations honoring generations of Black Americans who have positively influenced our community and country.