VIDEO: Lynwood Unified Recognizes Black History Month with Districtwide Celebrations


In February, Lynwood Unified School District students and staff celebrated African American History Month by honoring the rich legacies and contributions of Black Americans throughout history.

From vibrant gallery walks to enlightening school assemblies highlighting pivotal moments in African American history, the District community enthusiastically immersed itself in celebrating diversity and inclusion. 

The annual Black College Expo Caravan brought more than 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Lynwood and Firebaugh high schools on February 5, aiming to inspire students to begin their college and career journeys and provide them with millions of dollars in scholarships and on-the-spot acceptances. The event highlights the District’s efforts in opening doors for success and further acknowledging the impact of Black institutions on education.

A lively carnival at Cesar Chavez Middle School on February 21 also allowed students and families to enjoy music, food and engaging activities in honor of the historical month.

Students from multiple grade levels gathered to celebrate Black history and strengthen community bonds during the annual Teen Summit on February 22, featuring motivational speaker and coach John Mosely Jr., whose keynote included wisdom and inspiration.

The month-long celebrations provide students, teachers, staff, and community members with the opportunity to reflect and envision the future of the District, champion equity and diversity, and amplify the voices and contributions of individuals who have helped shape the world.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I wish to reiterate our commitment to honoring the rich heritage and remarkable accomplishments of Black Americans not only during African American History Month but throughout the year,” Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite, Ph.D. said. “At Lynwood Unified, we are dedicated to the holistic development of every student and fostering environments of cultural appreciation and understanding. Let us use these celebrations as opportunities to underscore the significance of diversity and inclusion in our educational endeavors.”