APS Celebrates Black History

As the nation celebrates the outstanding achievements of African-Americans during Black History Month, APS proudly salutes the immeasurable impact that African-Americans have had and continue to have on our society and on our individual lives.

APS Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen dedicated her Black History Month blog to dynamic African-American women and the impact they have had on APS, including Coretta Scott King, Michelle Obama and Jean Childs Young. Read more.

Below are just a sample of APS events happening in February and beyond to honor the trailblazers of the African-American community who helped clear a path to opportunity for so many of us. Be sure to check back for updates!

  • Monday, Feb. 11, 9– 10 a.m. Kimberly Elementary School started the week with a Black History Month bang! The Monday morning program began with “Lift Every Voice & Sing” performed by Principal Joseph Salley and Turnaround Specialist Dr. Samara Ryce. Read more.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Toomer Elementary School hosted its 2nd annual African-American Read-In, inviting parents, APS staff and community members to read books by and about African-Americans to grades K-5 throughout the day.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 4:30 – 5 p.m. Usher-Collier Elementary School’s Black History Program, “It’s a Royal Affair” details the African-American struggles highlighting empathy through social and emotional learning.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5 – 8 p.m. Barack and Michelle Obama Academy will present its 3rd annual Black History Month celebration, “Aspiring to Become” at the Gwendolyn Georgia Auditorium, 970 Martin Street SE Atlanta, GA 30315. PTA Awards and dinner begins at 5 p.m., silent auction and vendor fair, 5–8 p.m. and the performance arts program, 6–7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6 – 9 p.m. The North Atlanta High School PTSA invites the community to a screening of “MAYNARD: The Movie.” This award-winning documentary looks at the life and career of the former Atlanta mayor – the first black mayor of a major southern city. Concessions will be available for purchase. The film will be screening at North Atlanta’s auditorium. Admission is free but attendees are asked to reserve a special guest pass here.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m. King Middle School will host a Black History performance written, directed and sponsored by the National Black Arts Festival, featuring dance and theatre students.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.Mays High School will host a cluster-wide concert titled, “Lift Every Voice: A Celebration of African American Composers.”
  • Wednesday, February 27, 10 a.m. – noon Atlanta Public Schools will host a Black History Month celebration at the Center for Learning and Leadership building, where staff can take a tour of the APS Museum and enjoy performances by students and staff.
  • Wednesday, February 27, 6 p.m. Miles Elementary School will hold its Black History Month program.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. Sylvan Hills Middle School partnered with CommUNITY Performing Art & Touring Theatre (CPATT) to offer a free play featuring the choral, band, dance, and drama departments. The play consists of Warrior Queens showcasing braids and African Warrior Women.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 5 p.m. Hutchinson Elementary School will hold a program titled, “Coming to America: The Black Experience.”
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m.Heritage Academy will host a Black History Month program.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m.Perkerson Elementary School will host a Black History Month program.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.Carver STEAM Academy will host a Black History Month concert.
  • Friday, March 15, 12:30 p.m.Beecher Hills Elementary School faculty and students will culminate their study of the IB key concepts connection and perspective with the theme, “Connecting Perspectives of Culture: A Black History Celebration.”

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