February marks Black History Month, a tribute to African Americans who have made significant contributions to the United Stated and the rest of the world in the fields of science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment and many other fields.
While Black History Month is synonymous with prominent figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Maya Angelou and Barack Obama, there are countless other African Americans who’ve made a profound impact in history.
Textbooks and curriculum throughout the country continue to limit this history and often quarantined to a short section about slavery and quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. Many walk away from their high school history class and through the world with a severe lack of understanding of the history and perspective of Black history.
This year, we asked board members to tell us what Black History meant to them, and which prominent figure has inspired and influenced their lives.
Hear from board member Sadie Shaw in the Tucson Unified School District.