Black History Month Celebrated at Every JCPS School

Schools will hold virtual activities, discussions through February

February 8, 2021 – Black History Month will be celebrated at every school within Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) this February.   Throughout the month, schools will host virtual activities, discussions and lessons to highlight the achievements of African Americans and raise student awareness to racial equity issues. 

“Black History month gives a glimpse of the greatness, poise, perseverance, and power of African Americans,” said Dr. John Marshall, JCPS chief equity officer. “Be that as it may, a day must come when the American curriculum threads with accuracy and respect the contributions of Black people throughout the entire year.” 

Students at every grade level will participate in a variety of projects and sessions, from a virtual living wax museum at Semple Elementary to talent shows at Jefferson County Traditional Middle School and Central High School, to a showcase of Black leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields presented by Fern Creek High, Newburg Middle and Ramsey Middle schools.

Other highlights include:

  • Discussion series at Iroquois High School on ‘What it means to be Black in Today’s America;’
  • Presentations of the lives of famous African Americans at Middletown Elementary;
  • Schoolwide Town Hall meeting at Cochran Elementary; and
  • Virtual production of students from Fern Creek, Newburg Middle and Ramsey Middle schools reciting poetry, presenting artwork, and singing and dancing.

The complete list of these activities by school, including dates and contact information, can be found here.