“DATA stands for anti-racism…We need to be aware and bring change to ensure our practices support, encourage, and provide equal access for all students so they can reach their potential”. We are learning that this means taking action, reviewing our data and policies for bias, engaging in a self-reflective process, and having difficult conversations. Check out DATA’s complete statement here, if you have not already: http://datacharter.org/news-posts/data-statement/

 February is “Black History Month.” We would like to provide our students, teachers and community with resources to learn more about this community, their experience and the significance of this month. If you have additional resources you think we should list, please let us know by emailing us at admin@datacharter.org.

The History of Black History Month:

Founder of Black History Month

Carter G. Woodson, who is known as the Father of Black History Month, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization was manifested when he conceived Black history week in 1925.  The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, at the nation’s bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American(Black) History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story, which is the purpose of our continued celebration of the month to shed light on the achievement, experience, and advancements that African Americans throughout history to today have brought to civilizations throughout the world.

 

RESOURCES CELEBRATING BLACK LEGACY IN THE UNITED STATES:

EVENTS DURING FEBRUARY 2021

  • UNM African American Student Services hosts the 2021 Black History Month. This is in progress from Monday, February 1, 2021 to Sunday, February 28, 2021UNM African American Student Services Black History Month Events throughout the month on Zoom. Please see the poster for more details.
  • African American Chamber of Commerce: Virtual Networking Event. This event is taking place on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 5:05 pm to 6:30 pm. African American Chamber of Commerce networking event for Black History Month.
  • New Mexico Black Leadership Council and Indie Lens PopUp Presents: MR. SOUL. This event is taking place on Thursday, February 19, 2021 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pmNew Mexico Black History Organizing Committee Black History Month event 1 of 3.