Message from the Superintendent

 

In February we celebrate two specific events, first is Black History Month, and the second is Presidents Day.

 

Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. (http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-facts

 

We the teachers of the North Bergen School District are celebrating Black History Month in many activities, readings, essays, and projects.  Additionally, we look at the many individuals who have contributed to the areas of humanity (Crispus Attucks, Fredrick Douglass,and Thurgood Marshall), Science and Technology (George Washington Carver, Philip Emeagwali, and Benjamin Banneker), People in the News ( President Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, and Michael Eric Dyson), Writers (Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Alex Haley), Entertainers (Oprah Winfrey, Sidney Poitier, and Louis Armstrong), Athletes (Jackie Robinson, Michael Jordan, and Julius “Dr. J” Erving), and Religious Figures (Desmond Tutu, T.D. Jakes, and Francis Arinze).  (https://www.who2.com/list/black-history-month-biographies/)

 

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present. (http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/presidents-day)

 

We will be exploring many presidents and their views, accomplishments while in office, and the legacy that has come over time.  We look at writings, video and audio, primary source documents, biographies, stories, and books.  It is important to understand our history so we can become an informed public for the greater good of democracy.

 
 
 

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