ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-09-100

Date Created : 01/20/2009


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Elementary Principals
other: Curriculum Specialist
Social Studies Educators

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Diana Julian, Deputy Commissioner
Black History Month, February

Regulatory Authority:
Ark. Code Ann. § 6-16-121

Contact Person:
Maggie Herrick

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) reminds local school district personnel that, pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 6-16-121, teachers should be incorporating African-American history into the social studies curriculum. February is Black History Month; this would be an excellent time to emphasize the contributions that minorities have made to society and history. The ADE Web site does have an extensive listing of resources for African-American studies, which was compiled by the Black History Task Force and can be accessed at In addition, the ADE Web site has a link to the African-American History Makers Coloring Book provided by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission available at

The attachment to this memo contains additional resources for incorporating African-American history into the social studies curriculum throughout the year. These resources are also posted on the Arkansas Council of Social Studies (ACSS) list serve at


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