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Newsletter Week of February 28 to March 4

Periodic Table of Black History

As part of Black History Month, several Fenton science teachers created a life-size “Periodic Table of Black History” and posted it on a hallway wall for students to read throughout the whole month of February.

The table included names and bios of prominent historical figures as the elements, with the following background information in the center of the table:

The month of February is designated as Black History Month, a time to honor the achievements of African Americans and their contribution to US history. Each year Americans dedicate a few weeks to recognize the contributions that people of African descent have made to this country.

The contributions of Black people to American society and the world should be celebrated every day of the year. February, aka Black History Month, presents us with a unique opportunity to take the time, and mindfully appreciate the struggle and growth of Black people throughout the world and time.

Black History Month originally began as Negro History Week in 1926. It took place during the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976, President Gerald Ford expanded the week into a full month, calling on All Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of ​​endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, every US president has officially designated February as Black History Month

To have a better understanding of our shared history, all Americans should recognize the pains, progress, and accomplishments of the black community. Celebrating Black History Month honors the historic leaders of the black community and the sacrifice and suffering they endured to secure the rights and freedoms we enjoy in the present. It also helps create awareness of the past so that we can appreciate the privileges we’ve gained.

For decades the strife of Black people, particularly in the United States, has been highlighted in history textbooks, on the news, and in pop culture. From the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s to the Black Lives Matter movement of today, it can feel overwhelming to focus on all of the hardships. In the digital age, we can see the horrific slaying of Black men and women, like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor making the violence front and center. However, Blackness is not all about the struggle. It’s about light, perseverance, and joy. For some, the obstacles were enormous. travel, they persevered.

Throughout history notable Black people reflect their determination, achievements, wisdom, and the mantras they used or still use to push on. They challenge all of us to do better, even when it seems like the world is against you. Use the stories of countless Black Americans to help challenge your thinking and motivate you to overcome whatever obstacles may come your way. From the mantras Muhammad Ali lived by to Michelle Obama’s thoughts on what it means to fail. Celebrating reminds us that black history is America’s history and provides an opportunity to highlight the best of black history and culture.


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