Black History Month

School photoshoot at Hallett Academy in November 2017

Black History Month is a time to honor, celebrate and learn about the achievements of African-Americans throughout history. We know that one month is not enough time to honor the long-standing legacy of these contributions. We encourage you to be intentional about continuing this journey of recognition and learning throughout the entire year.


Use the provided resources to learn about, teach and celebrate Black history.

Online Resources

Places to visit in Denver:

  • The Black American West Museum and Heritage Center highlights the history of cowboys, homesteaders, ranchers, farmers, miners, and the military in the West, and the Five Points Neighborhood of Denver. Learn more:
  • The Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library showcases the many contributions of African Americans to Colorado and the West through personal and professional papers, publications, photographs, works of art and other memorabilia. Learn more and visit:

The African-American Education network was created to provide African-American students, parents and families with a tool to help navigate PreK-20 education in Denver and beyond. On the site, you will find useful links to DPS student supports and services, college and careers, scholarships, and community-based organizations that provide tutoring and other academic enrichment. In addition, you will find updates on community events, the latest research related to African-American students, and resources that will assist students and families in exploring the richness of African-American history and culture.

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Articles and Media

Board of Education Update: Superintendent’s Entry Plan Progress | Aligning Equity Efforts Report

Original article from the DPS Board of Education Update for June 10, 2019 Superintendent’s Entry Plan Midpoint Update Tonight, Superintendent Susana Cordova shared a progress update on her Entry Plan, which is the roadmap for the first phase of her district leadership and gives an overview of the specific action steps she has taken to

Focusing on What Matters Most

Throughout Superintendent Susana Cordova’s conversations with students, staff and community members, we’ve heard some exciting stories of how focusing on Equity, Instructional Excellence and Collaborative Teamwork is starting to make a big difference for our students. We are excited to share these stories on the Superintendent’s webpage: Stories include a recap of the Latinx film

Upcoming Summer Opportunities for Students

Dream Big Summer Camp for Girls by Denver Leaps and Bounds When: June 24th – July 3rd, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Who: Girls, ages 4 through 10. Where: 3333 Holly St. Denver, CO 80207 ​What: Summer enrichment camp. Dance, arts, tutoring, sisterhood, field trips and more! Cost: $200 (If you would like to apply for

African American Young Ladies’ Summit Program: Fashion Show Recap

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman We Are Better Together African American Young Ladies’ Summit (AAYLS) Program volunteers and participants had an amazing time on Friday, April 12. The

Volunteer Opportunity: African American Young Ladies’ Summit II

Calling All African American Women to Support a Generation of Leaders! Volunteers needed for the African American Young Ladies’ Summit II, May 15th, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Denver First Church, 3800 E. Hampden Ave. Who we are: African American Young Ladies’ Summit (AAYLS) consists of young women attending Denver Public Schools in 9th-12th and

Board of Education Passes Black Excellence Resolution

Original article from the DPS Board of Education Update for Feb. 21, 2019 Feb. 21, 2019 Tonight, the Denver Board of Education voted to pass the Black Excellence Resolution, officially embracing the excellence of black and African-American students and prioritizing and targeting their academic achievement.  “I want to recognize the beauty, diversity, strength and passion

Celebrating Black History Month with the NAACP Denver and Africa Leadership Group

  On Sat., February 9, community members joined the Denver NAACP and African Leadership Group for the February NAACP community meeting, focused on celebrating culture and impacting communities through economics and education. Attendees engaged in dialogue around the topics of education, the economy and more, and had the opportunity to hear from Papa Dia, founder

Engagement Session with Colorado Black Round Table: Feb 6

On Wednesday, February 6, the Colorado Black Round Table will host a community engagement session with the hopes of hearing from both the DCTA and DPS on the current state of the teacher negotiations. The CBRT invites the community to attend and hear the positions of both sides. “The purpose of this meeting is for taxpayers, citizens,

DPS Celebrates and Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 33rd Annual Marade

DPS educators and students came together with other Denver community members on Monday, January 21 to commemorate the late Martin Luther King Jr. at the 33rd annual MLK Marade (March and Parade). Marchers walked the equivalent of a 5K from the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream Memorial” in City Park, south on

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Champion for Equity in Education

The Bailey Blog Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a true champion for equity in education. He was diligent in preparing himself educationally completing high school at 15, college at 19, seminary school at 22 and a doctorate at 26. The depth and breadth of his education were clearly apparent in his sermons and writings.