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Heritage Months/ Group Recognition Resources

Community and Educator Resources
The Castro Valley Board of Education has proclaimed Heritage Months/Group Recognitions throughout each school year. This page is dedicated to sharing resources with our community and district educators to recognize the group highlighted for the month. Each month listed is the month that CVUSD officially acknowledges that heritage/group; however, we understand and agree that celebrating each group throughout the year is one of the ways that we create a sense of belonging for all of our students.


Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States which marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory practices and laws agains LGBTQ+ Americans. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals have had and continue to have currently and historically, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Pride Month Resources

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What is Pride month? Everything to Know | Inclusive Employers

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Mark Takano - U.S. Congressman
A graphic of Mark Takano waving a trans Pride flag as well as an image of him from a 3/4 profile while wearing a suit and tie


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Who is Harvey Milk?- 4 min video- Gay Rights Activist and Politician
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Remembering Marsha P Johnson and Silvia Rivera- 2 min video - Trans Activists
Bayard Rustin - 4+ min video- Civil Rights Activist and Organizer
Dr. Frank Kameny- 3+ min video- Gay Rights Activist, Astronomer and  Veteran
Edie Windsor- 2 min video- Gay Marriage Activist and Technology Manager


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Does Hispanic Heritage Month Need a Rebrand? - The New York Times

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 - October 15th. September 15th is an important starting date for this month because it is the independence anniversary for Latin American countries El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. The independence days of Mexico and Chile fall on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Dia de la Raza also falls within this month, on October 12. Hispanic Americans have been integral to the prosperity of the U.S. and their substantial contributions to our nation are immeasurable.



Hispanic Heritage Month Resources


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Hispanic Heritage

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Mexican Museum  - Online Exhibit
HOME | The Mexican Museum
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UCLA – The Optimists – Judy Baca

Tecuan. The Wild Beast - Story and activity with Mexican masks
Areli is a Dreamer- Lower Elementary Read-a-loud. A true story by Areli Morales
Virtually Explore Pyramids of Teotihuacán and Machu Picchu


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Jorge Ramos - News Reporter (4 minute Time’s Interview on Challenging Authority)
Dolores Huerta- Activist (4 minute Biographical Video)
PBS Series- 50  minute episodes on Latino Americans
Somos - 3 mintue clip on Latino/a/e diversity

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Nicole Hernandez Hammer - Sea-level researcher and climate activist

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Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. It is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.



Native American Heritage Month Resources



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Corrina Gould of Sogorea Te’Land - Local tribe and “Landback”- 6 min video
Konkow Valley Landback- CA Tribe and Landback -11 minute video
There,There- Local Author Tommy Orange - 6 min video

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Nicole Mann- 1st Native American Woman in Space
Celebrate Black History Month – NBC 7 San Diego
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

African-American/Black Heritage Month Resources


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Feb 2nd CVUSD Black History Celebration - Castro Valley High School Cafeteria
Feb 4th Black and Asian Solidarity Event- Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Feb. 11th Words that Make a Difference- Play about Brown V. Board Decision
Feb 28th BraveMaker Films- Two Black History film showings and discussions
BraveMaker: Black History Celebration: 2 Short Films & discussion

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Black Lives Matter- A Resource Collection for Families
1619 Project - The History and Legacy of U.S. Slavery, A New York Times Magazine Project
Interview with author Jason Reynolds (All American Boys, Miles Morales, Stamped, etc.)- 16 min video
Have You Thanked An Inventor Today? By Patrice McLaurin- 9 min. Read aloud video
Lifting Our Voices- Articles on Educating African American Students

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Still I Rise recited by Maya Angelou with beautiful visuals - 4.25 min videoGary Gershoff/WireImage
Forgotten Images - Exhibit and Museum
The History Channel Vault - Black History videos ranging from 40min-1.5 hours
Education is a Civil Right- Who was John Lewis - 5 min video

Women's History Month


Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California in 1978 by The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women. The  week of March 8 corresponds with International Women’s Day. The Women’s History Week movement spread across the country.  In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women's History Alliance)—successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as "Women's History Month".


Women's History Month Resources


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Berkeley Public Library- Read a book by a woman author and receive a gift
March 23rd-Rebel Girls
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Women who did amazing things- Numerous short videos( elementary)
Dr. Mabel Pin-Hua Lee- Lessons on Voting Rights for Chinese Americans (secondary)
Zitkála-Šá (“Red Bird”)- Lessons about this Native American activist, educator, and writer (secondary)
Afro-Latina- Lesson and Video (secondary) Photo of woman with her hand to her head.
Stacey’s Extraordinary Words- Read a-loud of Stacey Abrams children’s book (elementary)
Queen Lili’uokalani- 1st and only woman to rule in the kingdom of Hawaii (secondary)
Women at Work- Explores the lives of women during WWII (secondary)
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Afro-Latina- Lesson and Video (secondary)Remembering RBG | ASIL
Women in Aeronautics-4.5 min video
Without a Whisper- 27 min video- hidden history of the influence of Native Women on the Women’s Rights Movement
Some memorable words - Ruth Bader Ginsburg - 3 min video 

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Clarice Phelps - First African American to help discover an element on the perioodic table and video.
In 1977 Jeanie Jew, then president of the Organization of Chinese Americans, was concerned about the lack of recognition of the Asian Pacific American communities during the celebration of the bicentennial. With the help of multiple politicians, Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Week was created in 1978. May was later designated as Asian - Pacific American Heritage Month in 1990 and renamed Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 2009. This month celebrates the history, achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States. The month of May was chosen to mark the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, as well as the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 19, 1869, thanks in large part to the work of as many as 20,000 Chinese immigrant laborers. The AAPI community represents over 30 countries and ethnic groups that speak over 100 languages.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Resources
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Untold Civil Rights Stories Secondary Lesson Plans
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Asian Americans- Secondary Lesson Plans using short clips from the PBS documentary
Spotlight on Asian Americans- 20 min videos on four Asian Pacific Americans (elementary focus)
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Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond- short films on the complexities of Asian Americans
Why Asian American?- 11 min video
Noguchi and Hasegawa Together Again – UC Press Blog
Gene Luen Yang - Author- 3 min video

Yuri Kochiyama - Activist
Minidoka National Historic Site- Japanese Experience in America - 30 min video
Isamu Noguchi- sculptor and Saburo Hasegaway - artist 10 min video
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Chien-Shiung Wu- Nuclear Physicist 
Larry Itliong- Labor Leader and Activist
Jeremy Lin- Basketball Player