Black History Month

The month of February is Black History Month.

This year, Arlington Public Schools is celebrating Black History Month with Arlington: Past, Present and Future Excellence. The event is sponsored by the Office of Minority Achievement, and will be held at 6:00 PM at W-L on February 20. You can learn more about Arlington’s events this month on the APS Black History Month page.

Here at Discovery, historical facts and figures will be a prominent part of our digital displays, and celebratory banners hang at the front entrance and the library.

We are also honored to be able to share “A Guide to the African-American Heritage of Arlington County, Virginia” with you, a digital publication created by the Arlington, Virginia Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development. Click here to open and/or download your copy.

We’re honored to be neighbors with areas of Arlington that are so important to the history of African-American Arlingtonians, including the historic Halls Hill High View Park Neighborhood and the Stratford School just down the road. The John M. Langston Citizens Association hosts a web-based history of the area, which you can share with your students by clicking here.

The historic Fire Station 8 just celebrated its centennial. Station 8 is thought to be the first all-black fire station formed south of the Mason Dixon line. You can read about the rich and vital history of this landmark public service institution on the Centennial Celebration page here.

For information on how to join the Discovery Diversity & Inclusion Committee, visit DiscoveryPTA.org.