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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver.jpgGeorge Washington Carver - African-American educator, inventor, and agricultural researcher. 

Martin Luther King Jr

mlk.jpgCivil Rights Activist, Minister – A Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement until his assassination in 1968. He was inspired by advocates of nonviolence.

Sojourner Truth

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A prominent abolitionist and women’s rights activist.  After escaping slavery, she embraced religion and become involved in moral reform and abolitionist work.

Malcom X

Malcom X.jpgMalcolm X was a prominent black nationalist leader who served as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam during the 1950s and '60s.

Rosa Parks

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Refused to give up her seat on the bus – Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin.jpgBayard Rustin - Civil Rights organizer and activist.

Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson.jpgAlthea Gibson - The first great African American player in women’s tennis

Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges.jpgRuby Bridges - First African American child to attend an all-white public elementary school in the South.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou.jpgMaya Angelou - A world famous post, author, historian and civil rights activitst

Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan.jpgBarbara Jordan - Public Defender of the US Constitution and leading presence in Democratic Party politics for two decades

Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall.jpgHe was a US Supreme Court justice and civil rights advocate. He was also legal counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass.jpgFrederick Douglass -  a prominent American abolitionist, author, and orator. Born a slave, he escaped at age 20 and went on to become a world-renowned anti-slavery activist.

Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice.jpgCondoleezza Rice - American political scientist and diplomat. She served as United States Secretary of State, and was the first female African American secretary of state, as well as the second African American secretary of state (after Colin Powell), and the second female secretary of state (after Madeleine Albright). Rice was the first woman to serve as National Security Advisor.

Colin Powell

Colin Powell.jpgColin Powell - American statesman and a retired four-star General in the United States Army. He was the first African American to serve in the position of United States Secretary of State.

Black History Month

theme: a century of black life, history and culture

Black History Month is a time to celebrate and commemorate the roles African Americans have played in the history of our country; it is also the time for us to acknowledge the injustices they have suffered and the challenges they face and strive to overcome. As it references in the SSFUSD Resolution #15-03, it is also important to note that African Americans have contributed economically, culturally, and socially to the development of United States history, particularly in the areas of human rights!

As we think about this celebratory month, we’ve put together some resources that we believe are useful and helpful in providing additional information about Black History Month, historical events, and fun facts! Feel free to navigate the links below:


Additional Resources

African American History for Kids

Black History Facts

Black History Books

Black History Facts/Videos

Black History Speeches and Audio

Connecting our kids with Black History

Leola Havard


Leola Havard was born and educated in Louisiana before moving to San Francisco, California. Ms. Havard went into teaching in the 1940’s. She is the first African American woman to be appointed as principal with the San Francisco Unified School District. Her hard work and dedication to the students contributed to her promotion to administration. In 2011 the San Francisco Board of Education renamed a school in her honor. Ms. Havard is a distinguished educator and a Bay Area leader.

Oprah Winfrey


Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954. She is the owner of her own television network, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. The Oprah Winfrey show stayed on the air successfully from 1986 to 2011. Oprah has the distinction of being the first African American billionaire and the greatest African American philanthropist in America History.

Willie Lewis Brown Jr


Willie Lewis Brown Jr. was in Mineola, Texas on March 20, 1934. Mr. Brown graduated from San Francisco State University in 1955 and earned a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Lawin 1958. Mr. Brown is an American politician and served as the 41st mayor of the city of San Francisco. Mr. Brown has the distinction of being the first African American to serve as the mayor of San Francisco. Mr. Brown served over 30 years in the California State Assembly spending 15 of those years as Speaker of the House. The San Francisco Chronicle referred to Mr. Brown as " one of San Francisco's most notable mayors" who had "celebrity beyond the city's boundaries." The South San Francisco Unified School District salutes the honorable Willie Lewis Brown Jr.

Kamala Devi Harris


Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964 in Oakland, California. She is an American politician of the Democratic Party who currently serves as a United States Senator representing the state of California. Ms. Harris is graduate of Howard University and UC Hastings School of Law. After working in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the City Attorney’s Office, Ms. Harris was elected District Attorney of San Francisco. Ms. Harris was elected as California’s Attorney General in 2010 and reelected in 2014.  Ms. Harris is distinguished career makes her a true leader for the entire country. Today we salute Senator Kama Devi Harris for her contributions to our nation.

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