THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, February 12, 2021 Page 3 Black History Month is celebrated in the Malden Public Schools in February Website dedicated to Black history features many resources; Also, Malden High curating daily series of accessible topics SNOW BLOWER SALES, SERVICE & REPAIRS Pickup/Delivery Available 1039 BROADWAY, REVERE 781-289-6466 781-289-6466 WWW.BIKERSOUTFITTER.COM WWW.BIKERSOUTFITTER.COM Each February, since it was first established in 1976, the contributions and achievements of Black Americans are spotlighted during Black History Month. By Steve Freker B lack History Month has transcended from a novel proclamation by a forward-thinking U.S. President in the 1970s, to an integral focal point in our nation in the month of February each year since. It has roots stretching as far back to the 1920s, but as Black History Month approaches its offi cial 50th anniversary in 2026, more and more Americans are savoring this time of year as a way of embracing and celebrating the culture and contributions of Black Americans through time. First offi cially proclaimed nationally by U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1976, educational institutions have long championed Black History Month and have included its teachings not only limited to one month in February, but throughout the entire school year. The Malden Public Schools (MPS) have long embraced Black History Month and this year progressed even further.At the Feb. 1 regular monthly Malden School Committee meeting, Superintendent John Oteri announced that the MPS district has created a new, stand-alone highly interactive website that has a wide variety of resources, materials and information for all grade levels, from Pre-K through Grade 12. He also noted that in advance of both Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January and in the latter part of January, before the start of this month, the district had sent messaging to educators about resources, lesson and activity suggestions addressing Dr. King's legacy and Black History Month during regular class time. "We do this work mindful that moments that highlight the contributions of Black Americans should not be relegated to one month," Supt. Oteri said. "Instead, February reminds us of the vital and ongoing work to ensure our black students see themselves in our curriculum and provides us an opportunity for all students to learn about Black History and the major contributions of Black Americans to our society." A link to the dedicated Black History Month website, which Supt. Oteri encourages everyone in the Malden Public Schools community and the Malden community at large to take advantage of, can be found on the district website at: www. maldenps.org. Links are also Pictured from left, young Black entrepreneurs were celebrated in "Up and Coming Black Entrepreneurs," presented as part of a daily series by Malden High School as part of its celebration of Black History Month. Above, from left, Kheris Johnson (11), co-CEO of Flexin' My Complexion, a fashion startup; Marsail Martin (15), the youngest executive producer in Hollywood; Mikey Wren (12), business owner and author. (Courtesy Photo) available on the MPS Twitter feed: @MaldenPublic. At Malden High School specifically, Principal Chris Mastrangelo and his staff have coordinated a daily celebration of Black History Month touching on a variety of topics and illuminating, interactive exercises. In addition, a new, active student group, MHS Students for Racial Equity, is in the midst of BLACK HISTORY | SEE PAGE 8 AUTOTECH 1989 SINCE CA$H FOR YOUR CAR! DRIVE IT - PUSH IT - TOW IT! Cold Hard Cash For Your Car, Truck or SUV! 2008 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 4X4 Crew Cab, Z71 Package, Just Serviced, Clean Title, Only 126K Miles, Warranty! TRADES WELCOME! $11,900 Easy Financing Available! EddiesAutotech.com 2010 MERCURY MILAN 4-Door, Auto., Most Power Options, Clean Title, New Tires, Only 130K Miles, Runs & Drives Great, Warranty! TRADES WELCOME! $3,995 781-321-8841 1236 EasternAve • Malden We Pay Cash For Your Vehicle!

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