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Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada and more recently has been observed during October in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Black History Month marks achievements made by African Americans and is a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

Mount Saint Mary Academy spotlights various Black History Month throughout the school community. Below, you will find videos by our students about our DEI initiatives, including our new Diversity Club, as well as descriptions of activities, curriculum features, prayers and additional resources from the Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA).

Curriculum Activities to Mark Black History Month

Kennedy Library Media Center Presentations

The Kennedy Library Media Center featured a special display and bulletin board in the hallway to highlight books related to Black History during the month of February.

Prayerful Reflections

Dear Lord, I ask that you open the eyes of those who are prejudiced, So they understand what they have done. Open the ears of those in power, To hear the voices of those in suffering. Open the hearts of those around us, So we can all try to make a difference. And hold the hand of everyone who suffers from racism daily. Amen.

Lord, Please guide us to support, respect, and advocate for those who are facing racism or discrimination. Allow us to better understand what they are experiencing and educate ourselves so that we can work towards dismantling these injustices. Open the hearts and minds of those who find it difficult to support those affected by all forms of racism. Be with us now as we strive to work together within our communities so that we may celebrate both our similarities and differences and become an anti-racist multicultural community. Amen.

Mary, friend and mother to all, through your Son, God has found a way to unite himself to every human being, called to be one people, sisters and brothers to each other. We aWsk for your help in calling on your Son, seeking forgiveness for the times when we have failed to love and respect one another. We ask for your help in obtaining from your Son the grace we need to overcome the evil of racism and to build a just society. e ask for your help in following your Son, so that prejudice and animosity will no longer reflect our minds or hearts but will be replaced with a love that respects the dignity of each person. Mother of the Church, the Spirit of your Son, Jesus warms our hearts. Pray for us. Amen.