February is National Black History Month. Also known as African American History Month, this annual celebration “pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.” Holyoke Public Schools is taking this month to remember the sacrifices and contributions of African Americans, and to celebrate the history, cultures, and achievements.
Over the next four weeks, we will be honoring African American History Month with our greater HPS community through our HPS social media accounts. Please visit our social pages to follow along (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and join our celebration. We will be sharing how our schools are showcasing and honoring African American History Month and the intentional ways that our teachers incorporate the history of African Americans into their curriculum – during this month as well as throughout the school year. We are also asking for families to share with us how they are honoring this month within their homes.
We would like to share with you an inspiring quote from National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb,” which she read at President Biden’s Inauguration:
“We are striving to forge a union with purpose,
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
conditions of man.
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us,
but what stands before us.”
On that note, we invite you to join us in reflecting on the profound legacy of African Americans this month – and join us in affirming our district’s commitment to social justice.
Here are some resources that can serve as a guide for your student(s):
- African American History Month Resources
- National Endowment for the Humanities – African American History and Culture in the United States
- National Park Service – Black History Month
- Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of African American History and Culture
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Black History Month
- Black History Month Activities for Students
- Black History Month website for information about the origins and history
- GBH’s Celebrating Black History Month site includes an array of content that explores the black experience from multiple perspectives on art, history, music, current events, and more