During the month of February, Mansfield ISD joins the nation in 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 dates encompassed the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial.
Mansfield ISD schools participate in special programs, read-ins, performances and other events to commemorate Black History Month. View the list below to see the observances by campus. (Note: This list will be updated as necessary.)
- J.L. Boren Elementary - Teachers at Boren ES will be reading stories to students about famous African-Americans or written by African-American authors. Students in the QUEST After-School Program will learn about a different African-American each day, along with a lesson about how the person contributed to society. Special speakers will also be invited on campus.
- Louise Cabaniss Academy of Young Scholars - Cabaniss Academy will host its annual multicultural event on Feb. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is a celebration of the cultures represented in the school.
- Carol Holt Elementary - Holt ES will host its seventh annual African American Read-In on Feb. 19 at 8 a.m. Community leaders will be invited to read books by an African-American author to classes. The read-in will be followed by a Black History Month program at 9 a.m. featuring the choir and dance team. The guest speaker will be Dallas County Judge Raquel Jones.
- Dr. Sarah K. Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners - During the month of February, campus administrators at the Jandrucko Academy will visit pods weekly to read aloud their favorite children’s books about inspirational African-Americans. There will also be various hands-on projects about African-Americans and their contributions to the world.
- Judy K. Miller Elementary - Miller ES will share segments on its television announcements about African-American culture, civil rights movement and influential people. A Black History program will be held on Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m. featuring the Mustang Choir, praise dance, hip-hop dance and speakers sharing information about African-American culture. There will also be an art exhibit displaying student work modeled after African-American artists, and students and faculty will share their future hopes and dreams with one another near the "My Dream Is" display.
- D.P. Morris Elementary - Every day in February on the announcements, the student ambassadors at Morris ES will read a black history fact. Students will also complete Black History Month biography projects. The lessons will culminate into a communitywide celebration on Feb. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for African-American Family Night. The night will highlight the African-American culture in various ways and include a step team performance, motivational speaker and living museum.
- Erma Nash Elementary - At Nash ES, there will be weekly announcements with facts about historical figures. On Feb. 28, the school will host its first Black History Month Program that will consist of students reciting empowering poems, reenacting Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and singing the Negro National Anthem. Students from Legacy High School, including the step team, will also be performing.
- Annette Perry Elementary - Throughout the month, students at Perry ES will read historical facts and quotes from African-Americans who have significantly contributed to American history on the morning announcements. The school’s Video Announcement Club will highlight an African-American, which will be shared to the school’s community. Student volunteers will also create posters on their own time and submit them to the librarian to be displayed in the hallways.
- Elizabeth Smith Innovative Learning Academy - Smith Academy will have in-class instructional focus and conduct research projects in February for Black History Month. The student work will be displayed in the hallways.
- Cora Spencer Elementary - Spencer ES will have an African-American Read-In on Feb. 28 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The books will feature literature written by African-American authors.
- Lillard Intermediate - During advisory time and in social studies classes, students at Lillard IS will be researching and presenting on the accomplishments, innovations and contributions of African Americans in the nation’s history.
- T.A. Howard Middle - Howard MS will host daily trivia with prizes, weekly spirit days, weekly “Who Am I” activities, student performances, video lessons and a living wax museum to showcase the importance of African-Americans in history.
- Linda Jobe Middle - Jobe MS will take time every morning in February to learn a different fact about historic African-American figures. The lesson will occur on the daily announcements through a segment titled "Today in Black History.”
- Danny Jones Middle - Jones MS will have Black History Month facts on the morning announcements every day in February. Black History topics will also be discussed in all U.S. History classes.
- Brooks Wester Middle - Students at Wester MS will take part in a Black History Month assembly on Feb. 28 featuring the choir, band, step club, and student speakers. Throughout the month, activities, music and films with African-American influence will be celebrated.
- Lake Ridge High - Lake Ridge HS will have posters of inspirational modern African-Americans of influence in the hallways and educational pictures and information on bulletin boards. There will also be spirit days and a historically black college and university (HBCU) fair held on campus.