The Montclair school district has planned several events to celebrate Black History Month, including story readings and a performance by local actors. 

The programs encompass a variety of educational and enrichment activities, according to a district press release.

“Although African American history is integrated throughout our year-long curriculum at all levels, teachers and students are making a concerted effort in the coming weeks to further explore significant African American historical figures and associated events,” the release says.

Classrooms across the district will focus on art, literature and general information about Black history, and assemblies, programs and classroom-specific activities will “emphasize the accomplishments of notable African Americans throughout history,” the release says.  

At Nishuane School, daily classroom stories throughout the month will focus on Black icons of the past and present. This week, the school celebrates Black Lives Matter Weeks of Action during language arts lessons. On Feb. 24, the school will hold a Black History Month assembly, and that evening, the school will take part in a districtwide event hosted by the Montclair NAACP, titled “Black to the Future.” 

Part of Black History Month celebrations at Montclair High School will include actors from Luna Stage performing scenes from “Torn Asunder” for students in the Center for Social Justice and the Civics and Government Institute. The event is sponsored by the Montclair NAACP.

The district will share additional Black History Month celebration details on its website in the coming weeks, the release says. 

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