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RCPS Celebrates Black History Month 2024
Image with RCPS logo, says Proudly Celebrating Black History MonthRockdale County Public Schools is proud to kick off Black History Month 2024! This year's theme is African Americans and the Arts. The theme is created each year by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, an organization created by Carter G. Woodson to preserve the legacy of Black History Month. We honor the triumphs, struggles, movements, cultures, creativity, legacies and possibilities of African-Americans & global diaspora of African descent past and present. We highlight the past in order to inspire the future. Here are just a few of the events, activities, and resources throughout the district:

•  Resources: African Americans and the Arts (PDF) (Word)

Board of Education

•  On Thursday, February 15, 2024, 7 p.m. at the RCPS Board Room, 960 Pine Street, Conyers, GA, the Rockdale County Board of Education will highlight five local Black history trailblazers and community leaders:
Sandra Roesser (the first African American member of the Board of Education),
Tolbert Morris, Jr. (first African American male on the Board of Education and founder of the Helping Hands Outreach community health center),
Dr. Samuel T. King (first African American Superintendent of Rockdale County Public Schools),
Katrina McCollum Young (first African American Chair of the Rockdale County Board of Education and first African American female President of the Georgia School Boards Association), and
E.R. Shipp (Rockdale County native, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, community historian).
Family, friends, and community members are invited and welcome to attend.

Honey Creek Elementary

•  Door Decorating themed Greatest of All Time of Black History
•  Black History Month Performance by the Bella Bees, February 29, 2024.
•  Black History Spirit Week

Shoal Creek Elementary

•  Black History Trivia
•  Black History Month Program

Conyers Middle School

•  Living Wax Museum
•  Poetry Slams
•  Theme Days throughout the Month - includes Do It for the Culture Day Civil Rights Leaders tribute, African Prints, HBCU Day
•  Black History Contest

Gen. Ray Davis Middle School

•  Inspirational Message Contest
•  Theme Days throughout the Month
•  Black History Month Program
•  HBCU Day

Salem High School

•  Themed Spirit Week
•  Black History Month performance, February 29, 2024.

Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology

•  Black STEM Student Union (BSSU) Black History Month Assembly
•  Panels with Black STEM Professionals

Rockdale County High School

•  Theme Days throughout the Month
•  Black History Door Decorating Contest
•  Movie Matinee
•  Poetry Slam
•  Guest Speaker Robert Jackson - Chess Coach and Author of "Name of the Game, Chess in Real Life"
•  Musical Performances
•  Black History Program