- Coppell Independent School District
CISD Celebrates Black History Month
Coppell ISD is celebrating Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, throughout February via special lessons, exhibits and more. These include:
- Austin Elementary has a library and hallway displays and has developed a website for third to fifth graders to research notable African Americans.
- Valley Ranch Elementary students are learning about African American historical figures via lessons and worksheets, as well as library displays and more.
- Richard J. Lee Elementary has displays in its media center and is featuring an influential Black American in its morning broadcast all month.
- Cottonwood Creek Elementary teachers have created a Periodic Table of Black History and a mural honoring Amanda Gorman, the Poet Laureate who spoke at the Presidential Inauguration.
- CISD middle schools have library displays featuring prominent Black figures from history, as well as Black authors.
- Coppell High School is integrating Black History Month lessons in its history/social studies curriculum all month, the library is making posters for each history/social studies classroom featuring 25 prominent Black Americans and is doing a book study/giveaway of books featuring Black authors. See go.coppellisd.com/CHSBlackHistory21 for details.
- Victory Place @ Coppell students have curated a Black History Virtual Gallery Walk, where students have researched a historical or current famous African American with a slide that includes photos and information about the individual.
- All CISD school librarians are providing lessons, resources and links to ebooks and audiobooks celebrating African American history, authors and more via Mackinvia on learner’s iPads.
CISD also is sharing these resources on Black History Month with our community:
- Biography.com: Black History Videos
- Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
- Education World: Black History Month Lesson Plans
- History.com: Black History Month Resources
- Library of Congress: African American History Month Overview
- National Archives: African American History Portal
- National Archives: Black History Online Resources
- National Museum of African American History & Culture
- PBS: Black History Month
- Texas State History Museum: The African American Story
- United States Holocaust Museum: Black History Month
About Black History Month
Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality, and deepens our understanding of our nation's history. Founded by historian Carter G. Woodson, Black History Week was first celebrated on Feb. 12, 1926, to commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent. The date coincides with the birthdays of abolitionist and editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. During the U.S. bicentennial in 1976, Black History Week was expanded to a month-long celebration. Since then, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.