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Mansfield ISD Black History Month Observances
Posted 02/01/2018 08:15AM

During the month of February, Mansfield ISD joins the nation in remembering and celebrating the contributions of African-Americans in U.S. history. 

The idea 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.

Elementary Schools

  • J.L. Boren Elementary - Boren ES students will research famous African-Americans during the month. Teachers will also integrate interactive lessons about famous African-Americans and share literary pieces by famous African-American authors. In addition, the celebration of famous Black Americans will be incorporated in the school’s announcements.
  • Janet Brockett Elementary - Brockett ES will host an African-American Read-In on Friday, Feb. 23. Breakfast will be available at 7:30 a.m. for guests. At 8 a.m., the guests will read books by African-American authors to students to encourage literacy while promoting diversity.
  • Anna May Daulton Elementary - Daulton ES students will research famous African-Americans throughout the month. Teachers will display the student’s projects in the hallways or room. The school’s display case will also highlight culture, contributions and literature of famous African-Americans. In addition, the student news crew will highlight famous African-Americans during the school’s morning announcements.
  • Imogene Gideon Elementary - Gideon ES will hold an African-American Read-In on Friday, Feb. 16. Invited parents and community members will come into children’s classrooms to read books by African-American authors and illustrators.
  • Glenn Harmon Elementary - Harmon ES is having a Black History program on Tuesday, Feb. 20 starting at 2 p.m. Students will recite poems, read biographies, perform skits and sing songs.
  • Carol Holt Elementary - Holt ES will host its fifth annual African American Read-In on Monday, Feb. 26 at 8 a.m. Guests will read a book by an African-American author to the students. An African-American history program will follow to celebrate the legacies of prominent African-American figures.

  • Judy K. Miller Elementary - Miller ES will be highlighting famous African-Americans each week during the video morning announcements. Week one will feature inventors and scientists, followed by entertainers in week two, and week three will spotlight poets and authors. Each Friday, there will be a trivia question contest. In week four, all of the trivia winners will be announced.
  • Nancy Neal Elementary - Neal ES students will conduct research on African-Americans and their contributions. Students will share their research with the school during daily announcements. The children will also read books and explore music and songs by African-Americans. The campus will host its second annual African-American Read-In on Friday, Feb. 16. Members of the Mansfield ISD community will serve as guest readers.
  • Cora Spencer Elementary - Spencer ES will hold its annual African-American Read-In on Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 a.m. Parents, teachers and community members are invited to come into the school and read books to classes written by African American authors to celebrate Black History Month and encourage literacy.

Intermediate Schools

  • Cross Timbers Intermediate - Cross Timbers IS students will be reading and researching about African-Americans in history. Some classes will also hold an awards ceremony honoring the historic Black figures.
  • Mary Lillard Intermediate - Lillard IS students will read and research about prominent African-Americans in history in their social studies classes. As an extension activity, some classes will create videos highlighting the person the student chose to research.

Middle Schools

  • James Coble Middle - Coble MS will make announcements every day during Black History Month to celebrate the life of an African-American who made a difference in the world. The announcement will introduce the person, present some facts and give a trivia question about the highlighted individual.
  • T.A. Howard Middle - Howard MS will have two student assemblies on Wednesday, Feb. 28 titled “The Evolution of Music in Black History.” Students will present historical events and showcase how music has been used as a source of motivation, empowerment and comfort in the time of adversity and triumph.
  • Danny Jones Middle - Jones MS will highlight the life of various African-Americans who made an impact in American history. The facts will be integrated into the school’s morning announcements every day this month. Some classes will also research the lives of prominent African-Americans.
  • Brooks Wester Middle - Wester MS students will create posters celebrating historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Each advisory period will also select a famous African-American to research. The information will be presented during the school’s announcements. Pictures and biographies of African-American staff members will also be placed at the front of the campus.

High Schools

  • Early College High School – The ECHS English department will delve into how African-American theatre and literature has impacted society by analyzing "A Raisin in the Sun." In addition, other African-American figures who have created a literary and historical shift in society will be highlighted throughout the month. ECHS students will present a visual and written gallery of their research.
  • Lake Ridge High - Lake Ridge HS will host an African-American culture fair on Thursday, Feb. 22 in the cafeteria from 10:55 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Lake Ridge faculty and staff will sample different food, hear distinguished poetry, watch dance/step performances and listen to musical performances that are all embedded in African-American culture. In addition, African-American historical figures who have made tremendous contributions in American society will be highlighted in the morning announcements throughout the month. 
  • Summit High - Summit HS will be celebrating Black History Month and cultural diversity awareness in several ways. Students will hear daily announcements about African-American contributions to U.S. history. There will also be classroom lessons and featured selections of different music genres. The step team will hold performances throughout the month, and the school’s official Cultural Diversity Awareness and Celebration Week will take place Feb. 26 through March 2.

(Note: This list will be updated as necessary.)

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