Black History Month 2021

Throughout the month of February, APS will celebrate Black History Month. The focus of this year is Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the paramount role these institutions play in educating the African American community. Interest in HBCUs has piqued recently since people became aware that newly elected Vice President Kamala Harris attended Howard University, an HBCU located in Washington, DC. HBCUs serve as an incubator for the success of many African American, both famous and local to Arlington, so APS will highlight the HBCU experience during Black History Month by exploring the history and relevance of HBCUs.

During Black History Month, APS will share information about the history and purpose of HBCUs, information about the HBCUs in close to the DC region, the history of the Divine Nine Fraternities and Sororities, influential HBCU graduates, and APS staff who attended HBCUs. Each week for Teacher Tuesday, an APS HBCU graduate will be profiled to share their HBCU experience and how it prepared them to excel in their current position at APS. Information on Black History Month events across the school division will be shared on this webpage, so visit it frequently to view new events as they are added to the event listing.

Get ready for an exciting experience as APS journeys through history to explore how instrumental HBCUs are to African American, and how these institutions are also an indelible aspect of American history.

Weekly Black History Month Themes

Black History Month Events

Wakefield “Can’t Hide That HBCU Pride” Panel Discussion
Monday, Feb. 8, 2021
10:50 – 11:50 a.m.
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H-B Woodlawn “It’s Showtime!” A Chat with Howard University’s Flashy Flag Girls
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021
2:20 p.m.
Event Link
Meeting ID: 811 4707 4351 Passcode: HU

Black Women Lead: A Chat with Dr. Carly Hampton
Friday, Feb. 12, 2021
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Event Link
Meeting ID: 813 6343 0065 Passcode: BWL

Kenmore HBCUs & You Event
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2021
6 – 7 p.m.
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Yorktown History of Halls Hill Presentation
Friday, Feb. 26, 2021
10 – 11 a.m.
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Washington-Liberty Black Student Union Present the Annual Black History Month Program
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