FRAMINGHAM – Today was the start of Black History Month.
The Framingham Public Schools are celebrating the month with activities throughout the 28 days.
“This annual celebration highlights the valuable achievements by Black Americans and the central role of African Americans in our country’s history. What originally began as a week-long celebration initiated by historian and author, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, grew to a month-long celebration when a group of students and educators from Kent State University came together and proposed it in 1969,” said Framingham Superintendent Bob Tremblay, in an email to staff.
“Black history is American history and as we celebrate the diversity that makes our country and our community strong, it is important that we continue to highlight the hidden figures who have sacrificed their lives for freedom,” wrote Tremblay.
“My hope is that every day our students and staff are exposed to a diversity of thought, culture, beliefs, and perspectives. Inevitably, we will face challenging conversations on many issues, including race, but I truly believe that those discussions are essential learning opportunities for both students and adults,” said Tremblay to staff.
He also provided a few links to help frame those conversations.
n.org/educators/resource_libra ry/african_american_resources. html
The Framingham High library has a display to mark Black History Month. The display was the co-creation of Framingham High’s Alison Courchesne, permanent substitute Tyler Ramsey, and student TA Sarah Batista.
Photos courtesy of Framingham High