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African American Student Services

African American Student Services
Jimmy Hart, Director | 1302 S. Avenida Vega, Rm 27 (at Palo Verde Magnet HS), Tucson, AZ 85710 | Phone: (520) 584-7500 | Fax: (520) 584-7502 | Email Us

Black History Month Celebration

Photo collage of African American students and staff at TUSD

Black History Month was created by Carter G. Woodson, PhD, in February 1926. Originally called Negro History Week, Woodson created the concept so students would have the opportunity to learn about Black History. Woodson chose the second week in February in celebration of Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. For additional information and resources, view the Supplemental Resources page.. To request a presentation for your school please call 584-7500. For questions about events and activities please call our office.

Upcoming Events & Activities

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Two Ways to Get Involved in Black History Month!

Read at a School During the African American Read-In!

Photo on older student reading to younger studentWe are looking for volunteers to read with students during the African American Read-In! Classrooms in schools throughout Tucson Unified will celebrate Black History Month with the African American Read-In. Teachers and volunteers will read to students from books, selections from novels, short stories, poems, and plays by African American writers and illustrators. Sign Up Here!

Speak at a School!

In addition to readers, we're also looking for speakers! If you'd like to speak at a school, please sign up through our Black History Month Speaker Sign-Up page.

Curriculum Integration

BLACK HISTORY MONTH - can be a wonderful celebration of the contributions that African Americans have made to American history and culture. All too often, however, those contributions are heralded in February but seldom mentioned throughout the rest of the year. Ideally, every month’s history curriculum should include those contributions, but how do you integrate African American history into the curriculum on a regular basis?

Go beyond approaches that marginalize African American history by "shifting the lens" to look at events from new perspectives. For ideas on how to best accomplish this, visit the following websites:

AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN HISTORY

Alice Walker

Born in February, 1944, Alice Walker is the first African American women to win a Pulitzer Prize. She is most famous for authoring the novel “The Color Purple.” Walker won her Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for fiction. Her book “The Color Purple” was later produced into an award winning movie and receive 11 Academy Award nominations.More

Claudette Colvin

Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin. Most people are familiar with Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott. However, most people have never heard of Claudette Colvin. On March 2, 1955, Claudette, a fifteen-year-old student refused to give up her seat and move to the back of the bus. Claudette’s refusal to give up her seat happened 9 months before Rosa Parks decided not to give up her seat.More

Mary Mahoney

Born in the spring of (April or May) 1845, Mary Mahoney became the first African American women to complete nurse's training. She graduated from the nursing school of the New England Hospital for Women and Children in 1879. She also served as a member of the American Nurses Association. She was later inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame and the National Women’s Hall of Fame.More

Mary Winston-Jackson, Aeronautical Engineer

Mary Winston-Jackson, born in 1921, worked at NASA as an aeronautical engineer. Prior to serving as an engineer she was called a “computer.” NASA hired people to serve as human computers. Their work was to compute numbers and math equations by hand. Mary Winston-Jackson’s life was highlighted in the movie “Hidden Figures.”More

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