Black/African-American History Month 2022

Black/African-American History Month is February 1 - February 28.

See the Black/African-American History Month Student Showcase.

Black/African-American History Month LibGuide: Linked in this guide hosted by FCPS is essential information about the study and celebration of Black/African-American History Month.

Black History is Influential

Amanda Gorman, Poet Laureate. This young woman took America by storm with her creative and influential poetry and unique presentation style. Amanda, who was named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the U-S in 2017, graduated with honors from Harvard University in 2020.

She read her poem, “The Hill We Climb” during President Biden’s Inauguration, making her the youngest poet to take on this responsibility. Amanda has penned several other award-winning poems, and she is the first poet commissioned to write and deliver a poem honoring team captains for Super Bowl LV.

Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman

David Key, Founder of AARCH. A graduate of Lincoln High School (the only high school for African Americans in Frederick County during the time of segregation), David became passionate about documenting accurate history of African Americans.

This gentleman’s name is synonymous with the African American Resources Cultural and Heritage (AARCH) Society of Frederick County. From the time the Society was incorporated in 2009 until his death in 2021, David served as president and became its greatest advocate. It was his leadership, influence and dedication which enabled the organization to reach its goal of establishing an African American Heritage Center in Frederick.

David Key on Tweet of the Week

David Key

David Key

“AARCH is prepared now more than ever to share our history in wholeness. We will continue to be the bridge, sharing first-hand experiences of African Americans in Frederick County. Our stories, experiences and contributions need to be told and deserve to be heard.”

- David Key

Gayon Sampson Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Frederick, Maryland. Gayon serves as senior advisor to the mayor of the City of Frederick. He has also served as community outreach advisor in the Office of Government and Community Affairs at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. Additionally, he has experience working on Capitol Hill and for the Maryland General Assembly.

As an 8th generation native of Frederick, Gayon attended several local schools. While attending Tuscarora High, he was appointed by the governor to serve on the Maryland State Board of Education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Towson University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Policy.

Gayon Sampson

Gayon Sampson

Angela Spencer, Retired Frederick County Corrections Manager. Angela is an active volunteer in Frederick serving on many community boards and organizations in the areas of judicial services, social justice and spiritual care ministry. Her personal mantra states that “she is empowered for excellence and destined to be the difference.” 

Her most influential impact has been in public health. She’s the founder of the Faith Striders, a local non-profit that provides health education, generates funds for cancer and medical research, advocates for the elderly and supports the homeless community.  

Angela currently serves as the COVID vaccine program coordinator for the Asian American Center of Frederick and Frederick Health Hospital.

Angela Spencer

Angela Spencer

Jason Wright, President of the Washington Commanders. A former NFL running back, Jason is the first Black president of the Washington Commanders. He graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a master’s degree in business administration.

Prior to joining the team, Jason worked for a large management firm where he advised companies on workplace diversity and organizational culture. He was the recipient of the “Best Hire of 2020” by the Sports Business Journal for his work with the Washington Commanders, where he influentially leads their business operations and marketing strategies.

Jason Wright

Jason Wright