Black History Month: How We Celebrate
Black History Month in Columbia Public Schools
Columbia Public Schools works to focus on teaching of Black History all year. However, we take the opportunity each February to use Black History Month to highlight notable figures and moments in Black history. (Joy Bess, Coordinator for 9-12 Language Arts and Social Studies)
There is rarely a grade level in which African American History isn’t taught, but not necessarily in a “stand alone” way, rather as an integral part of the larger story being told. No matter the grade level or curriculum focus, CPS articulates a scope and sequence that focuses on identity and “continuity and change” over time, in grades K-12. This allows students to explore the history of indigenous peoples and the importance and significance of diversity and the changes/effects (including negatives) that are outcomes of power distribution, colonialism, imperialism, etc.
Columbia Public Schools recognizes that our local history is important to understanding who we are as a community. Information on historical Black local leaders, places and events has been shared with teachers throughout the district to help inform their teaching. We proudly highlight some of those individuals who have helped shape our community.
Columbia's African American Heritage Trail
Completed in 2020, the two-mile Columbia African American Heritage Trail in central Columbia highlights the 200-year history of the city's Black community. Thanks to the work of the Sharp End Heritage Committee in conjunction with Columbia Parks and Recreation and the support of several local businesses and individuals, the community has the opportunity to learn more about the significant achievements and contributions made by the people and institutions in Columbia's Black community throughout our history. For more information, see the Regional Economic Development Inc. (redi) website regarding the African American Heritage Trail.