Black History Month
The school has talked about how they want to handle Black history month. At the February faculty meeting, staff discussed how to recognize black history month this year.
“I had the idea of just posting posters around the school. That’s how it got started,” Language Arts teacher Carla Roitz said. “Every week people would put up more flyers around the school bringing awareness to black history and that it would sort of build.”.
Walking around the school you will notice posters along the walls bringing talking about Black history month. The L.A., Social studies and even the French Departments have posted the posters all around trying to get the word out to everybody.
“It feels good to do something positive right now. Given the current political climate there’s a lot of fear and negatively so I think that part of why this it feels good to do this,” Roitz said.
Black history month started in 1926 by a man named Carter G. Woodson. The month used to be the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The President of the U.S. each year declares the month of February to be Black history month ever since 1976 starting with former President Gerald Ford.
President trump tweeted in February "Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice." People have seen this and think that the President is uninformed because it seems like Trump thinks Frederick Douglass is alive even though he died February 20, 1895.
“We need to be more informed on Black history in our schools and outside,” Sophomore Connor Parkes said.