Local residents are pressing public schools in southwest Washington’s Clark County to observe Black History Month this February.
Leading the call is Cecelia Towner, the founder and organizer of Black Lives Matter Vancouver, Washington.
Last year she was surprised to learn that observing Black History Month was largely voluntary – and a lot of local schools weren’t doing anything at all.
“At a school-wide level, it wasn’t happening. And as a district, it certainly wasn’t happening,” said Towner. “So that became the priority.”