There’s nothing I look forward to more than Black History Month. In fact, I look forward to Black History Month with the same anticipation and joy as my own birthday. For the past three years, I have attempted to share that joy with my colleagues. In 2010, I posted a “Black History Fact of the Day”, for 28 consecutive days. In 2011, I posted a “Black History Month Reading List”, which highlighted books by and about Black Americans, citing their achievements in the arts, politics, education, math and science, the military, and sports. In 2012, I created a Multicultural Resource website for the use of the teaching faculty.
A few folks remarked positively about the Black Facts and the reading list. On the other hand, only one teacher has used the Multicultural Resource website. By the way: I invited colleagues to pass along books for the reading list, and to add/share resources for the website. NO JUICE.
So, this year, my colleagues will have to celebrate Black History Month without my help. As a result, it will be far more enjoyable for me.