The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution on Jan. 25 recognizing February as National Black History Month, and celebrating the central role of Black Americans throughout U.S. history. Board Member George McKenna authored the resolution, which was co-sponsored by all other members of the board.
“Black doctors, scientists, scholars, researchers and other medical professionals have improved the health of millions regardless of race,” McKenna said, referencing this year’s health and wellness theme during National Black History Month. “Thank you Dr. Charles Drew, who pioneered the blood preservation methods that have allowed blood donations, banks and transfers, and to so many others who have made major contributions.”
“Los Angeles Unified serves students from many diverse backgrounds, and it’s critical that the lessons in our classrooms reflect the diversity of Los Angeles and the rest of the country,” LAUSD interim superintendent Megan K. Reilly said. “Thanks to Dr. McKenna’s resolution, Los Angeles Unified will have a framework in which to further enrich our programs to celebrate and recognize Black Americans’ contributions and history during Black History Month.”
The resolution directs the superintendent to work with educators, librarians, school staff and community members to recognize and celebrate Black History Month with culturally relevant and appropriate curriculum, programs, ceremonies and activities. The goal is to generate an in-depth discussion of the complex factual history of the United States and the legacy of Black Americans.
“We look forward to celebrating February as Black History Month, and as we highlight the important, rich and complex history of Black Americans, we also recognize that there is still work to do year-round to ensure that our Black students have the support they need to succeed in school and beyond,” Board Vice President Nick Melvoin said.
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