Why #DPSBeyond28 - learning about African American history should extend beyond the 28 days in February that has been nationally designated as African American history month. Providing culturally diverse perspectives is our commitment to historically inclusive education for our students and community year-long. Join the #DPSCelebrates / #DPSBeyond28 weekly LIVE events throughout February & March to learn and experience some amazing African American contributions in our local community.

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Wednesday, February 3rd

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Wednesday, February 10th

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Wednesday, February 17th

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To launch our #DPS Celebrates/ #DPSBeyond28 Black History month series join us LIVE to explore a gallery of community dreams launched by KidsVotingDurham’s MLK’s Day #Dreams4Durham campaign.

Join DPS’ own Executive Director for Equity Affairs, Dr. Kelvin Bullock and his wife, Dr. Ronda Taylor Bullock, Lead Curator for we are (working to extend anti-racist education), both former teachers at DPS Hillside High School in a LIVE session as they share their reflections and dreams for Black history in Durham.

Promoting one of our own! Jasmyn Stewart is a DPS alumni, educator, and now Children’s book author. Join us to hear Jasmyn read her new book, Rachel's Birthday Surprise LIVE and share her experience.

Wednesday, February 24th

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Friday, February 26th -

Sunday February 28th

Wednesday, March 3rd

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Promoting one of our own! DeMarcus Boone is a DPS alumni, Durham Muralist, and now Children’s book illustrator. Join us LIVE to experience a hands on artistic experience and hear about his collaboration to illustrate a children’s book.

As part of our #DPSCelebrates / #DPSBeyond28 events, students in grades 6-12 have an opportunity to view a digital viewing of the feature film, The Best of Enemies starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell that focuses on the rivalry between a local civil rights activist and KKK leader to co-chair a committee on the desegregation of Durham Schools.

Click here for The Best of Enemies Family Viewing Guidance

Promoting locally owned black business! Leonardo Williams & Chef Zweli Williams are the owners of Zweli’s restaurant in Durham. Join us LIVE to learn about authentic Zimbabwean Cuisine as well as what it takes to be an entrepreneur and open your own business.

Wednesday, March 10th

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Wednesday, March 17th

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Wednesday, March 24th

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DPS’ own Jermaine Porter, the Boys of Color Program Coordinator is sponsoring a DPS district initiative called We Are Kings. This program empowers boys of color to become agents & advocates for more equitable practices in their schools. Join us LIVE to learn more about this program.

Join us for a learning adventure on African American influence can be found at the core of American life. As you explore history, you find stories of strength, resilience, and achievement. In every community, these stories are foundational to building shared values, which inspire today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders. Join us LIVE to hear about two digital programs from Everfi that bring to life a number of the influential leaders and events whose impact changed the fabric of American life.

Dr. Grady is a STEM Ambassador who is the first woman Computer Science Ph.D. graduate from NC A&T. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Information Science/Systems at NCCU. Inspire more women and minorities into hard sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Wednesday, March 31th

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We are excited to welcome Ms. Greene, City of Durham Fire Department's newest and first African American female Battalion Chief! Join us live to hear about her journey to this accomplishment and what message she has for our youth interested in pursuing a career in firefighting.