PLAINFIELD, NJ — Maxson Middle School in Plainfield will host a Black History Celebration on Saturday, February 15 that is open to the public.  The event is being presented by the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. emphasizing “African Americans and the Vote.”

Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week in Washington, D.C., in February 1926 as a social initiative because the black experience was important for every citizen in the nation to realize the struggle for racial equity.

To ensure that school children be exposed to black history. Woodson chose the second week of February in order to celebrate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. 

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Kevin Stansbury, principal of Maxson Middle School, said, “We celebrate Black History Month to recognize the sacrifices, contributions, and achievements of African Americans to the United States and the world. Many of us were educated in schools in which the perspectives, experiences, and discoveries of Black Americans were not an integral part of our learning.” 

According to the press release by the school, "It is through celebration we are reminded that Black History is a shared history. It is through the observance of African American History that all citizens are made aware of the accomplishments, inventions, patents and academic achievements made by people of color. The observance of African American history allows students and teachers to discuss Black History and Culture in a classroom setting; thus contextualizing the continued quest for equity."

The Black History Celebration will be held in the school cafeteria at Maxson Middle School, located at 920 East 7th Street, from 12 to 2 p.m.