Each year during the month of February, Mansfield ISD joins the nation in recognizing, remembering and celebrating the history and cultural contributions of African Americans in the United States.
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 and became known as Black History Month.
During the month, MISD schools will host assemblies and read-ins, create projects and present lessons to commemorate and celebrate the impact of African American cultures. Contact the school directly for further details about any planned events.
In addition to district celebrations, the Texas Education Agency has compiled a list of state and national resources and museums that offer historical perspectives on African American history. The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) launched a digital initiative—the Searchable Museum. The Searchable Museum provides a virtual experience that includes a multimedia presentation of historical narratives, collections and other educational resources. Explore the virtual museum here.