Celebrating Black History Month

A Call to Action for Equity and Education – An Address written by Ashley Davis Gallimore, CEO of RePublic Schools

Dear RePublic Schools Network and Supporters,

I hope this message finds you well. I’m excited about our network’s opportunity to observe an exceptional time of the year. This month holds a special significance as we celebrate Black History Month, a time for reflection, education, and a renewed commitment to leading for racial equity in our schools and communities.

Black History Month was established by Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Minister Jesse E. Moorland in 1926. It originated as “Negro History Week” and was expanded to a month-long observance in 1976. This extension aimed to encompass a broader recognition of Black Americans’ significant historical contributions. Black History Month is a poignant reminder of the struggles, achievements, and resilience that have shaped our nation and our local communities in Jackson, MS, and Nashville, TN.

At RePublic, we recognize the importance of honoring Black America’s lived experiences, rich histories, and contributions. We also understand Black History Month is not merely a celebration of past achievements but a call to action. It challenges us to confront and dismantle systemic inequities and foster an environment where everyone, regardless of their identities and backgrounds, has the opportunity to thrive. We are committed to advancing this by supporting our scholars in becoming the next generation of community leaders, activists, educators, engineers, artists, and change-makers. Our scholars need to be well-equipped to navigate and change the world they live in. This includes a deep understanding of the diverse history that has shaped our society. As part of our commitment to preparing our scholars to navigate and change the world, RePublic will honor Black History Month with programming that delves into the richness of the Black experience, examines key accomplishments and moments throughout Black history, and explores fresh ideas for how we shape our future world together. Programming includes:

I welcome and invite you to join RePublic’s Black History Month events and conversations in addition to your traditions. Let us engage, learn from each other, and be the light and love that propels our scholars and world into a future of equality, justice, and compassion.

Warm regards,

Ashley Davis Gallimore

CEO, RePublic Schools