We at Equal Opportunity Schools applaud their work and recognize their critical role in the history of the United States. We’re proud to join with those who work to close education gaps for Black, Latino and low-income students.

We’re proud to join with those who work to close education gaps for Black, Latino and low-income students. Join us in making the celebration and reflection associated with this month ongoing. Share stories of how your classroom, school or district is celebrating Black History Month.
Mary McLeod Bethune was a lifelong champion of education and civil rights. She started her career as a teacher before founding Bethune-Cookman College, which provided a place for African American students to pursue a college degree and set the educational standards for today’s Black colleges.
Charles Hamilton Houston taught at Howard University, became a lawyer, and the first African American editor of the Harvard Law Review. In 1929, Houston joined Howard Law School’s faculty, mentored Thurgood Marshall, and played a role in nearly every civil rights case before the Supreme Court (1930-1954).
Fanny Jackson Coppin was the first Black person chosen to be a pupil-teacher at Oberlin College. Upon graduation, Coppin was appointed to the Institute for Colored Youth and became head principal, influencing two generations of young people. In 1881, with her husband, they became a driving force in Black America.
Kelly Miller earned a scholarship to Howard University in mathematics and later became the first Black man admitted to Johns Hopkins University. Miller returned to Howard University to teach sociology and became the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. For over a half century, Miller was an important figure in the intellectual life of Black America.
The late Judge Charles V. Johnson graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1957. In 1981, he was appointed to King County Superior Court (WA) and was chosen to be the Presiding Judge, becoming the first and only African American to hold that position. Judge Johnson reminds us that we all have a part to play in creating racial equity.
At Equal Opportunity Schools, day in and day out we continue our advocacy for Black, Latino and low-income students, ensuring equitable access to education. Join us in honoring Black History Month by leaving a tribute to an inspirational Black educator who’s impacted you on our social media channels.



























Join us in honoring these inspirational Black leaders by leaving a tribute on our social media channels @EqualOppSchools.