Black History Month

Black History Month
February 19, 2015 GWHS

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! As we near the end of this short week I wanted to take a minute to share with you a conversation I had with a student this morning.

We were talking about Black History Month, and I asked her, “What does this month mean to you?”

She paused for a moment to think and said, “it reminds me that the generations who came before me dealt with challenges and injustice, and that as a black community, we share a history that shaped the world we live in today. But what’s most important is that it reminds me to look beyond my own experience as an African-American, and to acknowledge other groups living in America ” Asian-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American ” and how their histories and experiences shaped the world I live in today. It’s not just about being one race or the other; it’s about how our stories come together.”

Every day I see students from different cultures, races, ethnicities, and socio-economic groups walk into this school and work towards a common goal of academic success. They all walk in with a different history, but are united by where they want to go ” and it is our job to help them get there.

Thank you for all you do as families to support the commitment your student has made to achieve academic success.


José Martinez | Principal
George Washington High School