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February/March 2021

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CALENDAR February / March 2021 Music in Our Sls Month G E T R E A D Y to face the music in March. The National Association for Music Education ( offers various grade-level les- sons that help students learn elements of music through clas- sic children's songs. All are free for teachers to use during March and year-round. Day of Remembrance F E B . 19 I S a day to remember the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II, set in motion by an executive order signed by President Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942. Now, a new U.S. postal stamp honors Japanese Americans who served and died for our country during WWII. "Go for Broke" was the motto of the all-Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team and came to represent all Japanese American units formed during WWII. F E B R U A R Y I S Black History Month. The 2021 theme is " The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity "; see for classroom activities for February and beyond. Educators can help students learn to challenge racism and oppression and gain the vocabulary and tools needed to take action using free curriculum available at Black Lives Matter at School ( 2020-21 is the movement's " Year of Purpose." Educators, students and parents are encouraged to participate in ongoing actions and reflection throughout the year. For example, Student Activist Day on March 6 celebrates Barbara Johns (inset; in 1951 at age 16 she led a student strike that became one of five desegregation cases consolidated into Brown v. Board of Education) and all Black student activists. Find more resources at and NEA EdJustice ( And sign NEA's pledge to grow the movement and support racial justice in education: Black History Month Black Lives Matter 8 In the Know

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