IDEA Public Schools is proud to join our nation in honoring Black History Month. The celebratory month also is known as National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in the story of the United States of America.
Founded by historian Carter G. Woodson, black history week was first celebrated on Feb. 12, 1926, to commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent. The date coincides with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
During the U.S. bicentennial in 1976, black history week was expanded to a month-long celebration. Since then, U.S. presidents have designated February as National African-American History Month.
As an organization whose philosophy is a great education for all children—no excuses—we champion this month as an additional opportunity to educate our students about the triumph of African American History, and the work ahead of us as a nation to achieve educational equality.
As we kick-off this important time, campuses across all our regions are teaching lessons and holding events in honor of Black History Month. Be sure to check out IDEA’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we document the amazing happenings taking place across our campuses to educate, celebrate, and reflect upon black history.
Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
At IDEA Public Schools, we believe that providing all children with quality education, regardless of their skin color, income, or gender, is essential to a more equal America. As the achievement gap remains starkly wide in this country, the importance of a college degree has never been more important. We’re proud to have achieved one-hundred percent college acceptance for all our seniors for thirteen years in a row.