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Black History Month - Feb. 2019

dr. carter g. woodson The origin of Black History Month in the U.S. dates back to back to 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson set aside the second week in February as Negro History Week to recognize the heritage and achievement of Black Americans inspired in part by the February birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Negro History Week was launched to represent the culmination of Woodson's efforts to enhance knowledge of Black history started through the Journal of Negro History, published by Woodson's Association for the Study of African-American Life and History.

In February 1969, Black History Month was first proposed by Black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State a year later in 1970. 

Six years later in 1976, Black History Month was celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."


In U. City Schools, the Board of Education annual encourages all to explore and celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans to our community, our nation and the world as stated in their annual resolution each February. During the month of February, U. City students and staff explore a variety of related topics and research impactful community leaders from across the decades during classes. As culmination activities, schools are planning Black History Month programs, assemblies and other related activities. 

2019 Black History Month celebrations and related activities:

  • January & February: University City High School's Student Art Gallery hosts Dr. King exhibit
  • Tues., Feb. 5, 6 p.m.: Flynn Park's Passport Night
  • Wed., Feb. 13, 6 p.m.: Julia Goldstein Early Childhood's Black History Program
  • Fri., Feb 14: Jackson Park Elementary's African-American Read In
  • Fri., Feb 14: Pershing Elementary's African-American Read In
  • Wed., Feb 20: Barbara C. Jordan's Birthday (Feb. 21) Celebration for students and staff 
  • Wed., Feb 20, 9-11 a.m.: Barbara C. Jordan Elementary's African-American Read In
  • Mon., Feb. 25-March 1: UCHS Student Art Gallery hosts "Art Exhibit of African Americans Athletes Who Moved Civil Rights Forward"
  • Tues., Feb. 26, 6 p.m.: Barbara C. Jordan Elementary's  Black History Program "Go Back to the Past and Bring Forward that Which is Useful"
  • Tues., Feb. 26, 6 p.m.: Jackson Park Elementary's Black (& Gold) History Program with pictures beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Wed., Feb. 27: University City High School's in-school seminar class activities (not open to the public)
  • Wed., Feb. 27: Flynn Park Elementary's African-American Read In
  • Wed., Feb. 27, 6 p.m.: Brittany Woods Middle's Black History Month Program
  • Tues., March 12, 6 p.m.: Pershing Elementary's Black History Month Program "Where Would We Be?"
  • TBA: Jackson Park's Passport Night

Dates and times are subject to change. Please check individual school calendars for more details.

Check back for more information as it becomes available closer to the events. 

Historical background based on information provided at