Black History Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow

As many of you know, February is Black History Month in the United States, which can be a time to celebrate, reflect on, and recognize the contributions of the black community.

That’s not to say that learning related to our black community is something that should be isolated to one month a year, but this month designates a time to look back, examine the current moment, and think ahead.

It’s been my experience that this month can serve as a time to pause and reflect on our history and our curriculum — particularly English Language Arts — and dedicate more time to ensuring our teaching is culturally inclusive and provides students with diverse historical accounts. It may also be a time to look at current events and learn about black leaders who are helping to direct our society toward change, such as DeRay Mckesson and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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