• Celebrating Black History


  • Black history is American history.

    Team Duval remains dedicated to ensuring Black history is embedded in all K-12 content areas. This isn't just an important goal. It is actually a Florida statute, 1003.42(2)(h).

    Journey through the resources below to explore pivotal moments in Black history education, such as the creation of The Summer Writing Institute and the introduction of the African American Studies course in middle and high schools throughout the district.



The Black History Summer Writing Institute

  • Launched in the summer of 2021, the district's annual African-American History Writing Institute provides students the chance to explore local Jackosnville history.

The African American History Elective Course

  • In addition to being available in our high schools, the African American History elective course was introduced in two middle schools in the 2021-22 school year. 

The Educator's POV: Teaching Black History

  • Educators share their perspectives on the importance of teaching Black history throughout the school year.

Learn more: Black history education in Team Duval

Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 11 - The One's to Participate in Florida Black Expo The One’s is a collective built to encourage, support, and increase the success of Black Male educators in Duval County. On Feb. 11, The Ones will have a recruitment and informational booth at the Florida Black Expo. They will provide materials and knowledge about pursuing education as a profession. The event will be held at TIAA Bank Stadium from 10 AM - 6 PM.
  • Feb. 15 - Raines vs. Ribault Heritage Classic Exhibition Game The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp is hosting the fourth annual High School Heritage Classic in salute of Black History Month. The exhibition game will showcase the historic rivalry between Raines and Ribault High School. Student athletes will wear customized Jacksonville Red Caps uniforms in a tribute to the Negro Leagues team that resided in Jacksonville from 1938-42. Group and individual tickets are available for the game which begins at 11:05 AM at 121 Financial Ballpark.
  • Feb. 21 - Parent Academy Class: Celebrating African American History in Jacksonville Come learn about the rich African American history in Jacksonville. Take a look at Duval County's Summer Writing Institute and discover how students are researching and creating lessons on local African American history. Class begins at 6 PM. Registration details to follow.

Learn more: Black history in North Florida

  • The following selections below are excerpts from the "African American Studies: Exploring Primary & Secondary Sources" resource book used in the African American History elective class.

  • A. Philip Randolph

  • Ax Handle Saturday in Jacksonville

  • Bob Hayes

  • City Federation of Colored Women's Club in Jacksonville

  • Eartha Mary Magdalene White

  • Florida Black Codes

  • Harry T. and Harriett Moore

  • Historic LaVilla Neighborhood in Jacksonville

  • James Weldon Johnson

  • Johnnetta Cole

  • Kingsley Plantation

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. in St. Augustine Jail

  • Ocoee Massacre

  • Slavery in Florida

  • The Rosewood Massacre of 1923