February is Black History month is a way to remember important people and events in history. What began as a week in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the second African American to earn a Harvard doctorate who was determined to write black Americans into the nation’s history, was recognized as a month by President Gerald Ford in 1976.
On campus, our students have enjoyed learning about black history in weekly assembly presentations. Students were also presented the opportunity to participate in the Florida State student art and essay contests based on the “Celebrating Public Service,” to recognize and pay tribute to African-American leaders who play prominent roles in public service throughout Florida.
Students enjoyed an evening of fun and dancing that featured African-American musicians throughout the decades. They danced the night away to Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Prince, and more ground-breaking artists. Ms. Katia Barber has encouraging students all month long to read about the accomplishments of African-Americans in history highlighting books on contemporary figures such as LeBron James, Misty Copeland, Kylian Mbappe, Simone Biles, and more.
To cap the month out, we have planned a screening of the movie, “Hidden Figures,” which is the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. We also had Will Covington, a Grammy award-winning drummer, and Gwen, his wife, join us for assembly and speak to students.