APS Honors Black History Month

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.

Throughout the month of February, Atlanta Public Schools will celebrate Black History Month with an array of fun, innovative, thought-provoking and entertaining activities, all designed to educate and inspire students and observers.

Below is 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.

Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.: Students at John Lewis Invictus Academy (1890 Donald L. Hollowell Parkway, NW) will present “Emmett Till: A Stage Play,” which will recount the tragic story of a 14-year old African American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman in her family’s grocery store. The event is open to the public. Costs $5 in advance, $7 at the door.

Friday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.: Charles Drew Charter School (300 Eva Davis Way, SE) will host a mural and scroll dedication in honor of the school’s namesake, Dr. Charles Drew, the world renowned physician, surgeon and researcher credited with developing improved techniques for blood storage and preservation. The event is presented by Drew Charter and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m.: Students at Harper-Archer Elementary School (3399 Collier Drive, NW) will present “What Will You Be the First to Do?” where they will reflect on significant firsts in Black history and challenge each other to be the next generation of history makers. This event is open to the public.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m.: Continental Colony Elementary School (3181 Hogan Road, SW) students will perform “A Journey to The Wiz,” an ode to the renowned movie and stage play “The Wiz.” The performance, featuring Continental Colony students and staff who had to audition for their roles, will follow the school’s annual International Baccalaureate night. This event is open to the public.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 11:30 a.m.: Carver Early College High School (55 McDonough Boulevard, SE) students will present excerpts from “The 1619 Project,” an ongoing research project by The New York Times Magazine that re-examines the legacy of slavery in the United States. The school also held a Black History Living Wax Museum on Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.: Jean Childs Young Middle School (3116 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW) host a Black History Month program following its open house event for fifth grade families. The program will feature a saxophone solo by band teacher Albert Levy, student-led skits depicting significant moments throughout history, student dances and student tributes to current African Americans making a significant impact on society. This event is free and open to Young Middle School families, APS employees, and Mays Cluster 5th grade families who attend the open house at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m.: Sutton Middle School (2875 Northside Drive, NW) students will present “A Journey Through Time,” where they reflect on significant moments in our nation’s history. The event is open to the public.

Friday, Feb. 21, at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.: Bolton Academy hosted a special performance from the Ballethnic Dance Company.

Monday, Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m. – noon: APS Alonzo A. Crim Center for Learning and Leadership hosted a Black History Month event, featuring special performances from staff and students. In addition, APS Archives and Museum opened every Monday in February from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Is your school planning a Black History Month event? Email sherna.phillips@apsk12.org with the name of your event, date, time, location, and please note if the event is open to the public. The Office of Communications would love to cover and/or promote your slice of Black history! Feel free to also send any information you may have regarding Women’s History Month (March) programming.

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