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Jimmy Hart, Director |  1302 S. Avenida Vega, Rm 27 (at Palo Verde Magnet HS) |  Tucson, AZ 85710 |  Phone: (520) 584-7500 |  Fax: (520) 584-7502 | Email Us

Sign Up to Read During the African American Read-In this February!

We are looking for volunteers to read with students during the African American Read-In!

Classrooms in schools throughout Tucson Unified will celebrate Black History Month with the African American Read-In. Teachers and volunteers will read to students from books, selections from novels, short stories, poems, and plays by African American writers and illustrators.

If you are interested in volunteering to read to students in Tucson Unified classrooms, please use our online sign-up form!

For more information, contact our office at 584-7500 or e-mail Miles @ miles.warrior@tusd1.org.

Our Staff

Photo of African American Student Services Staff

Back row, left to right: Jeff Sawyer, Evelyn Cassidy, Richard Langford, Elaine Buckner, Eric Emerson
Middle row, l-r: Debby Worthy, Amy Gile, Debra Jackson, Jimmy Hart
First row, l-r: George Brown, Miles Warrior

Values and Vision
  • Core Values
    • Advocacy
    • Integrity
    • Empowerment
    • Teamwork
  • Shared Vision
    African American Student Services will continually strive for excellence. We will be embedded in every aspect of TUSD. We will ensure that African American students receive the highest quality education. The end result will be the permanent closure of the achievement gap.

    AASSD is an empowered department, committed to teamwork, student success and building positive community bonds. We are a valued entity within TUSD who builds relationships between students, parents, schools and communities.
Black History Month Calendar
Black History Bio of the Day

February 17

George F. Grant - On December 12, 1899, Grant patented a golf tee which raised the golf ball slightly off the ground, enabling a golfer greater control with his/her wooden club.

http://blackinventor.com/george-grant/

http://blackhistorynow.com/george-f-grant/

February 16

Photo of Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix, known as possibly the  greatest American guitarist, created a new way to play the electric guitar, influencing future guitarists. 

February 15

Photo of Alice Walker

Alice Walker, born in February 1944, is the first African American women to win a Pulitzer Prize.  She is most famous for authoring the novel "The Color Purple."  Walker won her Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for fiction.  The movie "The Color Purple" receive 11 Academy Award nominations.
www.biography.com
http://www.biography.com/people/alice-walker-9521939#synopsis

February 14

Photo of Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) is considered by many to be one of the great writers of twentieth-century African American literature. Ms. Hurston was closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance and influenced such writers as Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker.  Some of her most famous work include "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (1937) and "Mules and Men" (1935).
http://www.biography.com/news/zora-neale-hurston-biography-facts-black-history
http://zoranealehurston.com/

February 13

Photo of Mary Mahoney

Mary Mahoney, born in the spring of (April or May) 1845, became the first African American women to complete nurse's training.  She graduated from the nursing school of the New England Hospital for Women and Children in 1879.  She also served as a member of the American Nurses Association.  She was later inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame and the National Women's Hall of Fame.
www.biography.com
http://www.biography.com/people/mary-mahoney-41021#synopsis

February 12

Photo of James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)
James Weldon Johnson is most famous for writing the lyrics to "Lift Every Voice and Sing."  Lift Every Voice and Sing is considered the Black National Anthem and is sung at the start of many African American events, conferences and banquets.
http://www.biography.com/people/james-weldon-johnson-9356013
http://www.britannica.com/biography/James-Weldon-Johnson

February 11

Photo of Mae Carol Jemison

Mae Carol Jemison is an American physician and NASA astronaut.  After obtaining her medical degree and working as a doctor, she became the first African-American woman admitted into the astronaut-training program.  She later became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.  Visit www.biography.com and National Geographic for more information. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/science/black-inventors-and-pioneers-of-science/#black-scientist-jemison.jpg; http://www.drmae.com 
Video - http://www.biography.com/people/mae-c-jemison-9542378

February 10

Photo of John Shippen, Jr

John M. Shippen, Jr. – Most of us are familiar with Eldrick "Tiger" Woods and have watched the news and/or read about his accomplishments. However, few are familiar with John M. Shippen, Jr. who played in the second U.S. Open in 1896 finishing fifth overall. Visitthe two links below for more information.
http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/john-m-shippen-jr-golfs-first-black-professional

http://www.usga.org/news/2009/February/The-USGA-Museum%E2%80%9A%C3%84%C3%B4s-John-Shippen-Golf-Club/

February 9

Dr. Mark Dean, born March 2, 1957, has more the 20 patents for his inventions.   His groundbreaking work in computer science led to the creation of color personal computer monitors.  In 1999, his work led to the creation of the first gigahertz computer chip.  The creation of the gigahertz chip gave computers the capacity to do a billion calculations per second.  For more information visit www.biography.com and www.black-inventor.com

February 8

Photo of Serena Williams

Serena Williams – In 1995, Serena became a pro tennis player. In 1999, she won her first tennis U.S. Open title. In 2002, she won the French Open, the U.S. Open, and Wimbledon by defeating her sister Venus Williams. At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, she won two gold medals, in women's doubles and women's singles.

http://www.biography.com/#!/people/serena-williams-9532901

February 7

Photo of Otis Boykin

Otis Boykin was born on August 29, 1920, in Dallas, Texas. After high school, he attended and graduated from Fisk University in 1941.  After college, he worked for a radio and television company and began invention products.  Mr. Boykin's most notable invention is a control unit for pacemakers.  A pacemaker is a small device that is placed under the skin near the heart to help control your heartbeat.  For more information visit www.biography.com and www.black-inventor.com http://www.biography.com/people/otis-boykin-538792

February 6

Photo of Isaac Murphy

The Kentucky Derby's Forgotten Jockeys
During the late 1800s and early 1900s, African American jockeys once dominated the world of horse track racing. By 1921, they had disappeared from the Kentucky Derby. In 1875, African Americans made up 13 of the first 15 jockeys and won 15 of the first 28 Kentucky Derby races.

To learn more visit the links below:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-kentucky-derbys-forgotten-jockeys-128781428/?no-ist
http://www.history.com/news/the-kentucky-derbys-forgotten-black-jockeys

February 5

Photo of Madame C.J. Walker

Madame C.J. Walker
Mrs. Walker invented a line of African-American hair care products in 1905. She promoted her products by traveling the country and providing demonstrations. With the success of her products, she established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories to manufacture cosmetics and train sales beauticians. Her business skills led her to become the first female self-made millionaire in the United States. (Visit www.biography.com for more information)

February 4

Photo of Jan Ernst

Jan Matzeliger was an American inventor.  Prior to 1883, shoes were lasted together by hand (connecting the leather to the bottom of the shoe). In March 1883, the United States Patent Office issued a patent to Jan Matzeliger, African American inventor, for his "Lasting Machine." Within two years, Matzeliger had perfected the machine to the point that it could produce up to 700 pairs of shoes each day (as compared to 50 per day for a Hand Laster.) Mr. Matzeliger's invention would change the shoe industry forever. (Visit www.biography.com for more information)

February 3

Photo of Richard Wright

Richard Wright is an author of the classic texts Black Boy and Native Son. He worked with the Federal Writers Project during the 1930s and reached critical acclaim shortly after.

February 2

Photo of Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was the first noted African American to run for President of the United States, paving the way for Jessie Jackson, who ran for the presidency in the late 80's, and for President Barack Obama. In 1968, Ms. Chisholm became the first African American woman to serve in congress. She served in congress from 1968-1983 and ran for President of the U.S. in 1972. (Visit www.biography.com for more information)

February 1

DID YOU KNOW...

Photo of Carter G. WoodsonBlack History Month was created by Carter G. Woodson, PhD, in February 1926. Originally called Negro History Week, Woodson created the concept so that students would have the opportunity to learn about Black History Woodson chose the second week in February in celebration of Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. Negro History Week, now known as Black History Month, was an opportunity to inform students in schools and the community at large about the Harlem Renaissance and the many contributions of African Americans to the United States.

Jimmy Hart, Director
1302 S. Avenida Vega, Rm 27 (Basement)
(at Palo Verde Magnet HS)
Tucson, AZ 85710
Phone: (520) 584-7500
Fax: (520) 584-7502
Email Us