Join us for the 37th African American Heritage Celebration Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. in the AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd.

Equity and Excellence for All Students is the theme this year and the LBJ Early College High School students will host the event.

The top two African American students, male and female, for each grade level in our secondary schools as well as Senior Scholars, students who received the top student award throughout their high school career, will be recognized and honored.

Each year, the African American Committee sponsors an essay contest and recognizes the top entries for students in grades 4 and 7. The fourth-grade writing prompt was “How could Black History be used to help all Austin ISD students excel?”.

The seventh-grade prompt was “Explain when and how Black History should be taught in order to provide an equitable and empathetic educational experience for all students.”

We’ll also be recognizing staff members, volunteers and partners for their exceptional efforts in supporting public education. These recipients were recommended by parents, staff and students and awards include:

W. Charles Akins Award,
H.L. Gaines Human Relations Award,
Friend of Education Award,
Unsung Hero Award,
Volunteer Service Award,
Darlene Westbrook Leadership in Education Award,
Community Service Award,
Organization of the Year Award,
Centennial Education Award,
Spirit of Giving Award,
and the Distinguished Teacher Award.