The Kent School District joins the nation in recognizing generations of African Americans during the month of February. Black History Month celebrates and the rich legacy, courage, and remarkable contributions and sacrifices of those who struggled to build a nation that is more just and more equal for all people.
Black History Month was founded by Carter G. Woodson in 1915. It is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events of African origin. One such man was Robert Smalls. He was born into slavery, but grew up to be a ship’s pilot, sea captain, and politician. As a South Carolina State Representative, Smalls was instrumental in authoring the legislation that provided the state its first free public school system. Later he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served two terms. He is known for a quote made in a statement to the South Carolina legislature in 1895, "My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be the equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life."
Join the Kent School District in honoring African Americans for their determination and strength in making America a stronger and better place to live, raise our children, and provide opportunities for all. The Kent School Board will recognize Black History Month at the upcoming March 8 board meeting hosted at the KSD Administration Center at 7:00 p.m. It was originally planned for February 8, but was deferred due to schools being closed for inclement weather.