African American History Initiative
New Exhibit at the Ritz Theatre and Museum
Living Legends and Lives of African Americans in Entertainment
Opening October 1, 2020
From the collection of Willis Harkim Jones, the Living Legends and Lives of African Americans
Museum Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The museum is set up to allow for social distancing and will operate at 50% capacity.
Link for more information: Ritz Theatre and Museum
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Additional Online Educator Resources:
A site created by the US government that compiles a variety of resources for classroom use during African American History Month
Resources provided through the National Endowment for the Humanies and features content in art, history, language, and literature
Resources to explore racism and anti-Semitism
Includes free standards-aligned lessons, videos, and activities
An interactive digital resource to explore the history of freedom and confinement in the United States from 1495-2025
Free resources, including digital collections, library catalog, and resources for teachers
Important government documents and materials related to African American history provided online
Online resources documenting historical milestones in the Civil Rights movement
Includes links to national landmarks and parks significant to African American history
Activities and resources for teachers compiled by the National Education Association
Teacher resources for supporting diversity education
A collection of primary source documents, including speeches and debates
This year the Commissioner of Education's African American History Task Force is commemorating the 25th year of legislation. In 2017-2018, Duval County Public Schools earned the designation of "Exemplary School District" for a three-year period. The district is reaffirming our commitment to the African American History Initiative to retain our Exemplary status.
There are six components to the designation, including the following:
- School Board approval of the African American History Initiative
- Structured Professional Development
- African American Studies Curriculum
- Structured Teaching of the African American History Curriculum
- University-School District Collaboration
- Parent/Community Partnerships
The district has convened a team consisting of representatives from the following departments:
- Curriculum & Instruction
- Family & Community Engagement
- Professional Development
- School Counseling
- Equity and Inclusion
We are seeking additional Task Force members, including teachers, students, parents, caregivers, business partners, and community stakeholders.
We encourage all stakeholders to review our draft plan and provide input including nominating students, teachers, and community members to serve on the district's Task Force Team.
African American History Initiative Plan, Revised Draft February 2020 (Revised 2/27/2020)
We need to hear from our students! If you are a student who would like to get involved in this initiative, please submit an application to participate:
Would you like to become a member of the Task Force or receive information about upcoming meetings? Do you have an event you would like us to add to our calendar? Click here to send us an email
The Task Force is scheduled to meet monthly in an open public meeting. All stakeholders are invited to attend. Unless otherwise noted, meetings will be held at the School Board Building located at 1701 Prudential Drive on the sixth floor in Conference Room 613.
Thursday, February 27, 5:30 p.m. School Board Building, 1701 Prudential Drive on the sixth floor in Conference Room 613
Thursday, March 26, 4:00 p.m. at Richard Lewis Brown Elementary School, 1535 Milnor Street, Jacksonville 32206 - cancelled
Thursday, April 23, with time and location TBD - cancelled
Tuesday, August 18, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting
Thursday, September 17, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting
Thursday, October 22, at 6:00 p.m. - send a request to Dr. Kriznar to be added to the GoToMeeting link
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Click the links below to review the agendas and minutes from past meetings.
Agenda 10/22/20 (TBD)
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