During the month of February, Mansfield ISD joins the nation in recognizing, remembering and celebrating the contributions of African Americans in U.S. history.
The concept of annually celebrating Black achievements started in 1926 as Negro History Week, the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. The dates encompassed the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The celebration was later expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial.
Although campus assemblies and gatherings will not be held, in alignment with Mansfield ISD’s health and safety protocols for in-person learning, schools will still be celebrating the impact of African American cultures through various lessons, activities, morning announcements and projects.
Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. Learn more about Black History Month here.