Fairfax County School Board Passes Resolution Recognizing Black History Month

News Release
February 07, 2020

The Fairfax County School Board passed a resolution recognizing February as Black History Month at its February 6 business meeting. The full resolution appears below.

Black History Month Resolution - February 2020
WHEREAS, the month of February is the time that we, as a nation, recognize Black History Month and this year’s theme of “African Americans and the Vote;” and
WHEREAS, the first Africans arrived on the shores of Virginia 400 years ago, bringing skills, knowledge, and traditions that have created a lasting culture impacting our communities today; and recognizing the importance of teaching this rich, impactful history to all students; and
WHEREAS, African Americans have contributed to the founding and development of this nation and its culture despite the obstacles of slavery, discrimination, and institutionalized patterns of disparity, leading to the rise of the Civil Rights Movement and the Voting Rights Act of 1965; and
WHEREAS, those of African descent have lived in, and contributed to, the development and advancement of Fairfax County since its inception; as evidenced by the many contributions of private citizens, businesses, and African American organizations, as well as the establishment of various communities and organizations that have enhanced the rich and vibrant culture of Fairfax County and work to preserve African American culture and the rights of all of its residents to create an inclusive, equitable county for all; and
WHEREAS, while struggles persist for African American voting rights through practices such as gerrymandering and harsh voting restrictions, the indomitable spirit of the African American community continues to work to improve our democracy and provide access to voting rights throughout the Commonwealth with a growing hope for the future; and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Fairfax County Public Schools hereby officially recognizes Black History Month in appreciation for the contributions of great Americans who have worked tirelessly and often without recognition for the advancement of both Virginia and the United States.