Black History Month and education of young people play a vital part in the future of American voters.
“These students are our future, and they need to have an understanding about what prominent African-Americans have done in the past, and how it has brought us to where we are now,” said Nicola Gardere, assistant principal of Manor Middle School in the Killeen Independent School District in Texas.
In Killeen, where over 32 percent of residents are African-American, teaching black history is an important and ongoing part of the curriculum. “Black history is also American history, and it’s essential that each student understands that,” said Edward L. Hill Jr., dean of the College of Education at A&M-Central Texas.
February has been designated as Black History Month by every U.S. president since 1976.
At Manor Middle School, student learned last year about African-American innovators, such as Fredrick M. Jones who invented the air conditioner. Other items included folding chairs and the gas mask. This February they will participate in an African heritage program in celebration of Black History Month. This will include African drum team performances, along with a dance team and choir. A soul food lunch will conclude the program.