Pasadena Unified Celebrates African American History Month

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) schools celebrate African-American history in the month of February with meaningful and culturally relevant activities in schools and the community. The Board of Education approved a resolution recognizing February as African American History month at its Jan. 28, 2016, meeting.

School events and learning activities are taking place at PUSD campuses throughout the month, including writing and history contests using 21st century media. See a sample of activities.

PUSD students will also participate in the annual African American History Bee Feb. 24 from 4:30 – 8 p.m. at two locations: elementary students will compete at Willard Elementary School, 301 S. Madre St., Pasadena. The middle school competition will occur across the street at Wilson Middle School, 300 S. Madre St., Pasadena. The annual contest encourages students to learn about the accomplishments and contributions of notable African-Americans. The contest is sponsored by PUSD and the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Gamma Lambda Chapter.

PUSD students, families, and staff are invited to celebrate the City of Pasadena’s Black History Month 2016 by attending the Black History Month Parade and other special events, lectures, and activities. Pasadena’s Black History Month Parade is one of the largest in the United States. A comprehensive list of the events is available at All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, call the Jackie Robinson Center (626) 744-7300.

PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D, received a 2016 Community Service award from the Black History Parade and Festival Planning Committee at the Red, Black & Green Honors Dinner on Jan. 30, 2016.

In January, PUSD students who won the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Essay contest were recognized during Pasadena’s annual celebration. Student winners from the 2016 essay and art contest read their essays and presented their winning artwork to an audience of more than 500 guests. City council officials, PUSD representatives, Tournament of Roses presidents, and community leaders were in attendance to congratulate the students and present them with certificates, trophies, and a cash prize. Schools celebrated the legacy of the late civil rights leader with learning and service activities, including a Saturday morning of campus beautification at Hamilton Elementary School Jan. 16 organized by the Pasadena MLK Community Coalition.

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