ERIC Number: ED220355
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May-27
Reference Count: 0
The Frequency and Types of African American History Month Celebration Programs in the Chesapeake School System Between 1980-1982.
Alexander, E. Curtis
Results are reported of a 2-year study in the Chesapeake (Virginia) public schools to determine the degree of participation in "Black History Month" and the type of black awareness courses offered within individual schools. Thirty-six school principals were asked to respond to the following questions: (1) Does your school observe African American History month? (2) Are any courses taught in your school on the African American experience? (3) Have you sponsored any other activities observing the contributions of African Americans? Less than 50 percent of the principals responded. The respondents reported that observances of the African American experience took place during Black Awareness Month and that the percentage of black faculty and student population in the schools had no effect on the frequency of observances. In addition, none of the responding schools offered courses on the black experience and only one respondent reported any other activities observing contributions of African Americans. The report concludes that the resolution by the Chesapeake Board of Education designating "Black History Month" had a negligible impact on increasing observances from the first year to the second. Further, it is concluded that the Board of Education, Superintendent's office, and school principals have not encouraged the observance of Black History Month. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ECA Associates, Chesapeake, VA.