African American History Initiative

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  • Community Opportunity

    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

  • Want to recommend a resource for our schools?

    Do you know someone who would make a riveting guest speaker in our classrooms?  Have you watched a film or read something recently that would be a great resource for our students?  Are there famous landmarks or historic places that could be field trip ideas for classes?  Do you have ideas for teacher professional development that would be a benefit?  We want to hear from you!

    To recommend a resource to be used for professional development, classroom use, student research, or to increase stakeholder awareness, please click on the following link:

    African American History Resource Suggestion Form


  • Initiative Information

    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:

    1. School Board approval of the African American History Initiative
    2. Structured Professional Development
    3. African American Studies Curriculum
    4. Structured Teaching of the African American History Curriculum
    5. University-School District Collaboration
    6. Parent/Community Partnerships

    The district has convened a team consisting of representatives from the following departments:

    • Curriculum & Instruction
    • Family & Community Engagement
    • Schools
    • Professional Development
    • School Counseling
    • Equity and Inclusion

    We are seeking additional Task Force members, including teachers, students, parents, caregivers, business partners, and community stakeholders.

    Get Involved!

    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.

    Draft Plan:

    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:

    African American History Task Force Student Application (Click Here)

    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

  • Meeting Schedule

    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.

    Meeting Date 

    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. via GoToMeeting

    Thursday, November 19, 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 2/27/20   Minutes 2/27/20

    Agenda 8/18/20   Minutes 8/18/20

    Agenda 9/17/20   Minutes 9/17/20

    Agenda 10/22/20   Minutes 10/22/20

    Agenda 11/19/20   



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