- West Park Place Elementary School
“We are the change that we seek.”
Dear Christina Community,
During February, we take this opportunity to celebrate Black History Month by recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of African Americans to our nation’s history. This year’s theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.” Black History Week was first observed in 1926 during the second week of February, which coincided with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976, to coincide with America’s bicentennial, President Gerald Ford extended the observance from a week to a month. Since 1976, presidents have proclaimed February as National Black History Month.
As we celebrate and commemorate the roles that African Americans have played, it is also the time to acknowledge the injustices and challenges they face and strive to overcome; understanding that we are more alike than different, and our differences make us unique. At Christina, we are building a culture and community that celebrates our diversity. We are committed to an inclusive environment of diverse ideas, viewpoints and people, allowing us to remain innovative in our approach to education and the best possible outcome for our students.
We’ve put together some facts about Christina we thought you might appreciate.
Drew Educational Support Center:
Named after Charles Richard Drew, an African American surgeon and medical researcher who developed ways to process and store blood plasma in "blood banks." He directed the blood plasma programs of the United States and Great Britain in World War II. Drew protested against the practice of racial segregation in the donation of blood, as it lacked scientific foundation.
Named after Joseph Henry Douglass, a groundbreaking African American concert violinist, and grandson of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. He is one of the first African-American performers to be nationally and internationally renowned. Douglass was also an educator (Howard University) and conductor.
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School:
Named after Thurgood Marshall, perhaps best known as the first African American Supreme Court justice; played an instrumental role in promoting racial equality during the civil rights movement. As a practicing attorney, Marshall argued a record-breaking 32 cases before the Supreme Court, winning 29 of them.
Stubbs Early Education Center:
Named after Frederick Douglass Stubbs, a prominent thoracic (chest) surgeon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He made important contributions to the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis and used his education to become a national leader in the care of those suffering from tuberculosis, especially African Americans and people in low-income communities. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Stubbs completed his Doctor of Medicine degree, becoming the first African American at Harvard elected to an honorary medical fraternity.
Here are a few more Little Known Facts About Black History.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” —Maya Angelou.
Thank you for the support you give to each other – our differences unite us!
Dr. Dan Shelton, Superintendent
Christina School District