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MPS Celebrates Black History Month

MPS Celebrates Black History Month
Black History Month

Our community is deeply influenced by Black history and culture. The diverse backgrounds of our students, families, and staff make us MPS Strong, and we strive to celebrate their stories and experiences every day. We continue this celebration throughout February with Black History Month events across our schools, and we invite you to join us in recognizing the significant contributions made by people of African descent both inside and out of our classrooms.

February 12 - African American Family Involvement Day at Longfellow Alternative High School

All parents are invited to join Longfellow for continental breakfast and a children's book giveaway from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., lunch and social from noon to 12:30 p.m., a poetry reading and fashion show from 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., and guest speaker Qiana Hicks, author of "Life in It's Rawest Form" from 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. 

February 12 - African American Family Involvement Day - District Roller Skating Event

Sponsored by the Office of Black Male Student Achievement, this event is free and open to all. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. students (accompanied by their parent or a guardian) can enjoying roller skating at Roller Garden (5622 W. Lake Street, St. Louis Park). View the flier here.

February 12 - African American Family Involvement Day Celebration at FAIR School Downtown

Join Principal Cumming for coffee and donuts from 8:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m., then have lunch with your student from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. RSVP for lunch is required by February 9 to kalisha.wiggins@mpls.k12.mn.us

February 12 - African American Family Involvement Day Celebration at North Community High School

Families and community members are invited to join North High School in celebrating black history month. Click here to view the flier. Events happen throughout the day. 

Activities include:

  • Scavenger Hunt/ Gift Baskets Raffle
  • Visual Art & STEM Showcase
  • Health/Community Resource Fair 

February 12 - African American Family Involvement Day Celebration at Hale Elementary

Activities include breakfast from 7:15 a.m. to 7:35 a.m., a celebration of African American History through books from 7:40 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. and a parent forum from 8:40 a.m. to 9:35 a.m. Click here to view the flier. 

February 15 -  African American Family Involvement Day/Night at Anishinabe Academy

Click here to view the flier. Events include a 3rd Grade presentation and truth maze at 9:00. In the evening the school will host a scavenger hunt, truth maze and literacy games and activities. 

February 22 - Second Annual Black Teen Summit

Minneapolis Public Schools’ Office of Black Male Student Achievement (OBMSA), in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Office of Equity and Diversity are excited to host the 2nd annual Black Teen Summit.  OBMSA continuously seeks to engage the youth of our communities to address systemic educational issues from a relationally engaging perspective. To that end, this year’s theme of, “All About Isms” will bring together students and staff from MPS and surrounding districts to both discuss these most important systemic issues all the while, forging meaningful and enduring partnerships. We are excited to venture into this collaborative journey!

This event is at Coffman Union on the U of M campus and happens from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

February 28 - African American History Wax Museum at FAIR School Downtown

12:30 - 1:30 pm Our Elementary students and High School African American History students work together throughout February to research and design a wax museum for families. This is a great collaborative projected with arts integration.