Black History Month – Week 1

Today is the second week of February and these are your suggested daily actions for Black History Month. As we are a German-American school, this week features German Black history, leaders, and organizations. 

One month will never be enough to learn about history, let alone learn and honor Black leaders, but we encourage you all to use this time to dig into history and the present and reflect on where your own powers and privileges intersect and interlock. 

Again, these resources are not all-inclusive and Black history is not a monolith. We know we’ve already suggested it, but the free daily newsletters from Anti-Racism Daily are great as a resource to take antiracist steps toward action. 

IDEAS challenges our school community to use this opportunity to learn and further cultivate accountability with these histories, and to participate in conversations and other actions that can make our communities more empathetic and inclusive. 




Get familiar and educate yourself about…

Tuesday – Feb 7th 

“It doesn’t matter how strong your opinions are. If you don’t use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem.” – Corretta Scott King

Wednesday – Feb 8th

“You always seek to control others when you are not in full ownership of yourself.”- Cicely Tyson, Just as I Am

Thursday – Feb 9th 

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” – Zora Neale Hurston 

Friday – Feb 10th

“You’ve never lived till you’ve flown!” – Bessie Coleman

Saturday – Feb 11th

“Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread, and deep-seated, that it is invisible because it is so normal.”

Shirley Chisolm 

Further Reading

Sunday – Feb 12th

“Authors do not supply imaginations, they expect their readers to have their own, and to use it”- Nella Larsen

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