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Families, students come together to celebrate Black History Month

Family members joined students February 15 for the annual Black History Month lunch at all three campuses.

Black History Month highlights the inspiring stories of African-American icons, many who overcame great obstacles to put their stamp on the United States, present and past.

Campus walls are decorated with posters and art, many reflecting the work of the creative students who acknowledge the significance of Black History Month. Parents share in the activities with the hope they will continue to share and celebrate African- American history in the home.

Black History Month originated in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson as Negro History Week, celebrated on the second week of February. The week was chosen because it marked the birthdays of both President Lincoln and abolitionist icon Frederick Douglass. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

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