Recognizing February as Black History Month

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Council honors Upper Darby School District for their participation in Black History Month

Delaware County Council recognized students and staff from Upper Darby School District for their efforts towards celebrating Black History Month. During their Feb. 19 public meeting, Council presented a resolution declaring February as Black History Month and commended the Upper Darby School District for the work they have done to celebrate and promote African American history and culture through education and the arts.

“Council is proud to recognize the accomplishments of African Americans throughout our history who have helped move our country toward a more equal and just society,” said Council Vice Chair Dr. Monica Taylor. “We are also proud to honor individuals and organizations who work to celebrate and keep African American history alive in our community.”

Black History Month, which is celebrated during the month of February, was started by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Today, it is an annual celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time we designate to recognize the central role they had in shaping U.S. history.

The schools within Upper Darby School District are holding various events and activities to celebrate Black History Month, including presentations throughout the month. On Feb. 3 Vice Chair Dr. Monica Taylor was honored to speak at Drexel Hill Middle School’s Black History Month Kick-Off Assembly. Dr. Taylor spoke to the students about the leaders who paved the way and fought for equality. Students presented an essay and poetry on black history and the democratic process and the Middle School Drill Team led a performance filled with inspirational quotes from African American leaders and icons. The school district will close the month-long tribute with a culminating celebration event, “Black History Night Celebration” at Garrettford Elementary School.

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