ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-10-128

Date Created : 02/12/2010


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Elementary Principals
other: Curriculum Specialists
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. Sec. 6-16-121, Act 326 of 1997

Contact Person:
Taniesa Moore

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) reminds local school district personnel that, pursuant to Act 326 of 1997 and 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 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


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