Black History Month 2021

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Black History Month 2021

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The Origin of Black History Month in America
Black History Month got its start as a weeklong celebration in 1926. In 1915, Dr. Carter G. Woodson participated in a national celebration of the emancipation's 50th anniversary. Inspired by his experiences from the trip, he created an organization to promote the study of Black life and history. Later, he helped create what is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the Black History Month sponsors. In 1926, Dr. Woodson began the celebration to take place during the second week of February timed with Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass's birthdays, two people considered to impact Black history significantly. Today, the weeklong celebration is a month long and is recognized by a presidential proclamation yearly.

The above logo was created by Groveport Madison H.S. Senior, Michael Taylor for our 2021 Black History Month Celebration
Get your favorite popcorn and snacks ready for a special treat, the Groveport Madison Schools Family Movie Night!

As part of our celebration of Black History Month, Groveport Madison Schools has secured the licensing agreements to offer special online showings of two movies: “Akeelah and the Bee” and “Hidden Figures.”

When: Friday, February 19 – 5:00 PM – 11:59 PM
To view the movie(s), simply do the following:
  1. Copy and paste this link:
  2. Copy and paste the Passphrases (noted below) into the blank
  3. Click “Submit”

“Akeelah and the Bee” (Rated for all audiences)
Passphrase:  551BDA8512084D5CB25EC9F4069C6D49
Description: Eleven-year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by her school's principal, Akeelah participates in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. Much to her surprise and embarrassment, she wins. Her principal asks her to seek coaching from an English professor named Dr. Larabee for the more prestigious regional bee. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around and be proud of -- but only if she can overcome her insecurities and her distracting home life. She also must get past Dr. Larabee's demons and a field of more experienced and privileged fellow spellers.

“Hidden Figures” (Rated PG)
Passphrase: D251D72718E3473B8BE75ACD0B2722D2
Description: The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

This is the first time we’ve offered a virtual movie night, and we hope you enjoy it. If so, let us know and we’ll look for additional opportunities in the future.

Check out the Movie Night Trailers!

Community Events

Black History Month (BHM) is a celebration of African American achievements and an opportunity to recognize their significant contributions to U.S. history. Join others in central Ohio to celebrate BHM below. We will update this webpage as we become aware of additional opportunities.

PBS Programming:  Learn about 28 Black History Makers
Every day in February
PBS is spotlighting a history maker each day in February with an opportunity to honor great individuals by learning more about their lives and their contributions. Among those recognized are Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, Fannie Lou Hamer, Victor Hugo Green, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Edmonia Lewis.

Three River Streams: Stories from the “We’ve Known Rivers” Rivermates
Feb. 23, 2021, 12 PM
Sponsor:  Ohio Statehouse
Enjoy a virtual conversation with We’ve Known Rivers presenters Lyn Ford, Rory Rennick, and Anthony Gibbs. Each river mate will share a piece of how they are spreading history, culture, and heritage with audiences everywhere. The presentation will end with a live online Q-and-A where the audience can engage directly with the panel.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: statehouse
Webinar ID: 891 6424 3784
Passcode: 4264375730
Afterward, a recorded video of each program will be available at
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