San Mateo County Board of Education Resolutions

The San Mateo County Board of Education considers and takes action on a variety of resolutions addressing issues important to San Mateo County students, families, educators, and schools. This page includes the Board’s resolutions over the last year and highlights a featured resolution. Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.

Featured Resolution

Joint Resolution No. 21-3: Recognizing February 2021 as National African American History Month

Whereas, in 1776, people envisioned the United States as a new nation dedicated to the proposition stated in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”; and

Whereas, Africans were first brought involuntarily to the shores of the United States as early as the 17th century; and

Whereas, African Americans suffered enslavement and subsequently faced the injustices of lynch mobs, segregation, and denial of the basic and fundamental rights of citizenship; and

Whereas, the Civil War and passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865 legally ended 250 years of chattel slavery for African Americans in the United States; and

Whereas, in 2021, the vestiges of those injustices and inequalities remain evident in the society of the United States; and

Whereas, National African American History Month first originated as Negro History Week in 1926 as part of an initiative by writer and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson to recognize the heritage and achievements of African Americans and to enhance knowledge about African American history; and

Whereas, the contributions of African Americans from all walks of life throughout the history of the United States reflect the greatness of our nation; and

Whereas, many African Americans lived, worked, and died in obscurity, never achieving the recognition those individuals deserved, and yet paved the way for future generations to succeed; and

Whereas, the rise in the number of African Americans elected to public office, as well as their growing contributions to the fields such as government, business, medicine, science, the arts, media, and education should be acknowledged, celebrated, and taught in our schools; and

Whereas, on November 4, 2008, the people of the United States elected Barack Obama, an African American man, as President of the United States; and

Whereas, on February 22, 2012, people across the United States celebrated the ground breaking of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened to the public on September 24, 2016, on the National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia; and

Whereas, on November 4, 2020, the people of the United States elected Kamala Harris, an African American woman, to serve as the first woman, African American, and South Asian American Vice President of the United States;

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the San Mateo County Board of Education and the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools recognize the importance of National African American History Month as an opportunity to reflect on the complex history of the United States, while remaining hopeful and confident about the path ahead; acknowledge the value of African American residents to the strength, health, and richness of San Mateo County; promote greater awareness, education, and celebration of National African American History Month; and encourage schools and residents to understand and address the pernicious legacy of slavery and continued discrimination on the African American community and our society as a whole.

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Jennifer Perna

Executive Assistant to the Board

Email: jperna@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5552