Black History Month decorations at Clark Elementary

Celebrating Black History Month (all year long!)

"Ladies of Soul" perform at annual Clark Elementary Soul Feast.
“Ladies of Soul” perform at annual Clark Elementary Soul Feast.

There are many activities going on this month to celebrate Black History Month ranging from classroom decorations to special morning announcements to Soul Feasts and assemblies. 

Like several of our schools, Clark Elementary held its annual  Soul Feast, which featured a full menu of fried chicken, collards, and more. This year the “Ladies of Soul” (all Clark staff members) gave a special performance.

Burnley-Moran will host a Career Day that features African-American leaders from throughout our city. Last year’s event brought more than 40 local professionals together–many of them CHS alumni.

Teacher shows her classroom door decorations for Black History Month
Jackson-Via teacher Christen Edwards decorates her classroom door to celebrate Black History Month.

CHS is hosting its annual speaker series  featuring a variety of guests like documentary photographer Ruddy Rowe. Additionally, CHS will host a film screening to tell the story of Drewary Brown to a new generation of Charlottesville residents, and CHS’s African-American history students visited Jefferson School for a special program with Monticello and other community partners. 

Meanwhile, we want to applaud the efforts of our teachers, librarians, and World History Coordinator Annie Evans for their year-round work to incorporate local and African-American history across the curriculum all year long.  From preK-12th grade, our students encounter diverse voices, stories, and experiences in classroom materials, the arts, and student activities. 

Charlottesville City Schools is one of six school systems statewide involved in Changing the Narrative, a Virginia Humanities initiative that aims to explore black history and culture in schools and encourages young people of color to explore and highlight their heritage.

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