Rise up. Stand Up. Hear Their Voice!

Rise Up. Stand Up. Hear Their Voice!

Each year, Brentwood School District comes together in celebration of events and people in African American history. This year, the month of February will be dedicated to a variety of learning experiences in classrooms throughout the district to celebrate Black lives and excellence while providing a safe space for discussion on the past, present, and future Black experience. 

This year's theme is Rise Up. Stand Up. Hear Their Voice!

Students and staff throughout the district will participate in projects and activities surrounding this theme. As the celebration culminates towards the end of the month, student work and experiences will be highlighted in a virtual museum space. Visitors will be able to browse projects, view student work, and interact with virtual exhibits. The website will remain live throughout the entire year, encouraging our entire community to recognize and celebrate the history, achievements, and experiences of African Americans all year.

This month, Brentwood School District is also proud to host the first in a series of events centered on discussing race and how it impacts a community and its schools.

On February 24th, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Gladys Smith who will share with us her presentation: Understanding Race-Based Stress/Trauma. You can register to attend the virtual event by visiting www.brentwoodmoschools.org/speaker-series

Understanding Race-Based Stress/Trauma
February 24, 2021 • 6:00 PM
Presented by Dr. Gladys Smith, PsyD, LPC, MAC
Register here

This workshop invites everyone, not just people of color, to consider the psychological impact of ethnic and race based stress and trauma on all of us. The workshop will help you learn what constitutes race based stress and trauma, how it differs from PTSD, how it impacts our nervous system, cultural conditioning that contributes to racial wounding, our vulnerabilities that make this a difficult conversation. It will offer ways to identify what triggers and tools to assist with healing.

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February marks Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew from advocacy from 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. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

Check out this article to learn more about the history and origins of Black History Month: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/the-history-behind-black-history-month