Black History Month 2021
Black History Month is Here, But We Need More than a Celebration
- Read the Feb. 1, 2021 message from Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell
- Learn more about OUSD Black History Month events
- Watch the Black National Anthem performed by Bryttani McGhee!
- Check out the resources for OUSD Staff (ousd.org email address required for access)
- Celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical (see below)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical
Every year, hundreds of children from pre-K through 12th grade take the stage at the Oakland Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Fest, a public speaking competition where they perform poetry and speeches inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The 42nd annual festival is coming up soon. The theme for 2021 is Where Do We Go From Here?: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Learn more at www.ousd.org/mlkoratorical.
The documentary film We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical covers the months leading up to the 40th annual festival, as schools across the city send their top-placing students to compete. It is a portrait of young people raising their voices about issues they care about and of the unique community that celebrates and supports them.
We Are The Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical is nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Children's Program!
Please take two minutes to vote for this OUSD legacy so that it can continue to shine at the national level!
VOTE HERE by Mar. 5: https://vote.naacpimageawards.net