CELEBRATING AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE

Celebrating Black History

African-American Impact in PfISD

  • Pflugerville ISD schools highlight African Americans' history and contributions throughout February in honor of Black History Month and throughout our school year.

    According to the Library of Congress, historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History established and celebrated the first Negro History Week in 1926 during a week in February. This week included Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass's birthdays, two critical figures in African American history.

    It wasn't until 1976 that President Gerald Ford expanded the celebration to an entire month and encouraged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

     

    African-Americans in PfISD

    African-Americans have been an integral part of the community in Pflugerville ISD. The District currently has two campuses named for African-American women, one who served in the Texas House of Representatives and one who served as a local teacher within our District – Wilhelmina Delco Elementary (previously Primary) and Fannie Mae Caldwell Elementary, both of which opened in 2002.

    Additionally, we have had multiple African-Americans in our classrooms and serving in leadership positions, helping to shape our District's culture and growth.

    Key African-American figures in PfISD History and Present

    • Linda Robinson – First African-American graduate of Pflugerville ISD (PHS) in 1966.
    • Lisa Davis – First African-American Valedictorian (PHS) in 1989.
    • Lisa’s mother, Janice Davis, was a recognized African-American teacher at Pflugerville Elementary School and served on several campuses during her 33 years at Pflugerville ISD. She was key in enhancing the District’s Accelerated Readers Program.
    • Kenneth D. Thompson – First African-American Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees Member in 1998. He went on to serve as President of the Board in 2006.
    • Other African-Americans to serve as members of the Board of Trustees include Tony Hanson, Paul King, and Renae Mitchell.
    • Patricia Pickles – First African-American Superintendent in 2005.

2021 Black History Month Campus Activities

  • Elementary Campuses

    • Brookhollow
      • Book Walk/Presentation with Pflugerville Public Library
    • Delco Elementary
      • Campus Activity: Unity Bracelet
      • College awareness w/ HBCUs
      • Author Dr. Derrick Love virtual visit
      • Wear a combination of black, red, yellow, and green
      • This Week in History
      • Classroom Activity: “Just like who?”
      • College Awareness w/ HBCUs
      • This Week in History
      • Dive into writing with diversity pencils
      • College Awareness w/ HBCUs
      • Author Ebony Martin virtual visit
      • This Week in History
      • Musician Jamal Knox
      • College Awareness w/ HBCUs
      • Wear African traditional attire
    • Murchison
      • Diversity Dress Day
      • Daily NearPod lessons with the daily announcements that include a bio of a historic Black figure
    • Parmer Lane
      • Door decorating contest
    • River Oaks
      • Classes researching influential African-Americans and presenting during morning announcements
    • Windermere
      • Frozen Figures: Students will research an African-American trailblazer and upload a recording onto FlipGrid. Students and staff across the campus can access these videos to educate themselves on those who have paved the way.
      • KVUE New anchors Quita Culpepper, Jeff Jones, Jason Mikell, and Gameplay Engineer Robert Walker have agreed to a 30-minute Zoom interview with select students. Interview questions will be gathered from Windermere students and staff. 
      • Bulletin Board Competition: Each grade level has been given a topic of choice. The winning team will earn a popcorn party and lunch. 

     

    Middle Schools

    • Park Crest
      • Slide presentation of Black men and women from the past (shown during lunch break).
      • PowerPoint presentation with music for classroom exhibit and discussion
      • Virtual Guest speaker with Dr. Harold Wright (Director at Texas Education Agency)
      • Black History Poster on large bulletin board and smaller posters in all hallways
      • Black History 101 connected to a short autobiography for classroom discovery assignment
      • Poem read by one of our 6th-grade students
      • History of Black History Month written in the Principal Blog

     

    High Schools

    • Connally
      • Door decorating contest
      • Facebook campaign with prizes for participating families
      • Daily facts/history in the announcements
      • Black History Spirit Week 15-19
        • Monday: Black Out – Wear black in remembrance of fallen Civil Rights leaders and those who have died unjustly
        • Tuesday: Hidden Figures – Black History Living Museum
        • Wednesday: “A Different World” College Day – students encouraged to wear college clothing/colors/etc. Also dress in colors of their favorite “Divine Nine Sorority or Fraternity”
        • Thursday: Black Excellence – dress in your sharpest attire or for a professional you aspire to be.
        • Friday: “For the Culture” – wear red, green or black or their cultural attire