The American people did not have to wait until February to celebrate Black History. History was made this January with the swearing in of the first African-American/South Asian woman Vice President of The United States of America, Kamala Harris. As people take a moment to embrace the historic events that have taken place, there still remains room to look back on the major accomplishments of Black people in America.
We encourage you to join us for a series of Black History Month events throughout February 2021, which will offer enlightening talks, lessons, and activities. All are welcome.
Every February, people across communities and the nation come together to celebrate Black History Month through various events and activities. According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, an organization founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the theme for Black History Month 2021 is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”
This year, Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa will pay homage to the rich culture of Black History and hear diverse perspectives about their impact on present day. Please join us for events and activities throughout February — all are free and virtual.
Know the Roots: African History and Dance
February 1, 2021 at 7pm
The school will kick off the month with an African history and dance event hosted by Shereel Washington of Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies. Ms. Washington will teach Pan-African dance, in which people move in rhythm to the sounds and music of the African Diaspora that creates a connection to the body and spirit.
Black Mental Health Crisis: Let’s Talk About It
February 4, 2021 at 7pm
Therapist Victoria Brown will lead us in discussion on the Black mental health crisis and the stigma of not seeking help from a professional.
Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Students
February 8, 2021 at 7pm
During the event on February 8, we will discuss how to awaken the genius in students. Professor Jason Seals of Merritt College will present findings on how to support Black students in public and private schools.
The Black Hair Movement
February 15, 2021 at 7pm
On February 15, we will take a look into the Black hair movement over the past few decades and celebrate the creativity and versatility of Black hair.
Blacks in Music
February 22, 2021 at 7pm
Join us on February 22 as we acknowledge Black people in music with a representative from Healdsburg Jazz located in Healdsburg, California.
The month will conclude with a Black History Month trivia night between the Quest Forward Academies in Santa Rosa and Omaha, Nebraska. The event will offer students and mentors an opportunity to show what they’ve learned and learn even more.
All events begin at 7:00pm PT, and all are virtual and free for all to attend. Register for these and other events on our EventBrite page.