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Black History Month

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion presents "Pathways to Purpose, Inspiring the Future" to Celebrate Black History Month. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. 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 (Harvard.edu, 2018). 

Carter G. Woodson
The Origins of Black History Month (Video Clip)

Each year we will highlight individuals from the Richland Two community with unique and significant contributions to Black history and culture. Individuals will be recognized in the areas of art, education, engineering, music, health, science, technology, and the military. "Often when we think of historical figures who have shaped our history and culture we think of global or national leaders.  We are excited to recognize people from our own Richland Two community who have made significant contributions to black history and culture.  We want all of our Richland Two partners (our students, parents, staff and community members) to know about the good work done by our own community members and we especially hope that our students will see something of themselves in the people recognized to reaffirm that they too have what it takes to be premier," Dr. Helen Nelson Grant, Chief Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion Officer.

Black History Month Interactive Calendar



Pathways to Purpose, Inspiring the Future

Richland School District Two's Office of Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion celebrates Black History Month! Our theme "Pathways to Purpose, Inspiring the Future" will highlight 13 individuals from the Richland Two community with unique and significant contributions to Black history and culture. The selected nominees will be highlighted on social media and the district's website from the categories below.

February 4-8: Art and Music
February 11-15: Education
February 18-22: Public Service (Government, Faith-Based, and Military)
February 25-28: Health, Science, Technology, and Engineering

2019 Honorees

Black History Month Reception and Program

The reception and program will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019; 6 pm, at the R2i2 Conference Center. Our program will feature students, local exhibitors, and performers. Please join us as we celebrate those and their contributions to Richland School District Two. Click here to RSVP. 

For additional information, please contact Dr. Helen Grant at 803-738-3327 or hgrant@richland2.org.

2018 Honorees

Art and Music

Mr. Charles Cherry, employee
Ms. Roni Henderson, employee
Ms. Tracy Oliver, graduate

Education and Military
Dr. Cheryl Caution-Parker, community member
Dr. Baron R. Davis, employee
Chaplain Col. Clarke McGriff, community member
Mr. Greg Scott, employee
Mr. Preston Thorne, community member

Dr. Hilton Maria Shaw Gilbert - employee
Evangelina Hemphill - community member
Anthony Lawrence - community member

Health and Science
*Anna Love Boyd - honorary community member
Dr. Mojibola Solaja - community member
Dr. Gerald Wilson - community member