Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the role of African Americans in U.S. history. The 2021 theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” explores pivotal roles and contributions of black Americans that have been both reverenced and disparaged from the days of slavery to our own time. It is a celebration of the rich tapestry of images while exploring the African American past and present. The annual theme celebrating Black History month is selected by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH®). The mission of the ASALH is to promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community.
In Chesapeake, there are several events and activities planned to commemorate Black History Month. Within our district, schools are hosting a wide range of activities that promote Black history and culture. Some of these events and activities will be highlighted on our website and in our Superintendent’s Spotlight throughout the month. Within our city, the Chesapeake Public Library has planned a calendar of events featuring virtual programming and many different opportunities to learn, commemorate, and celebrate Black History.
Chesapeake Public Schools is proud to honor Black History Month, and we hope you will take the time to celebrate with our schools.