Black History: Inspiration for the Best In Us

by Rachael Tutwiler Fortune


As we kick off Black History Month 2023, we have an opportunity to reflect on our common humanity, our greatest hopes, and the excellence of trailblazers who continue to inspire the very best in us today. It is important that we never forget their stories and sacrifices because without the struggle, resilience, and commitment they demonstrated, we simply would not be where we are today. 

Here in Duval County, Florida, we’ve seen much needed progress, as evidenced by narrowing gaps in student achievement over the last decade, and it is important we stay the course on what’s working to meet the needs of our beautifully diverse students. And as we are not yet where we aspire to be, it is important that we continue to innovate and bring about more of what our students and communities need to thrive, such as great, diverse teachers to serve as powerful role models; classroom instruction that fosters critical thinking skills; and exposure to careers and opportunities that show the youngest among us they too can be positive change-makers. It’s important that we teach our children the dreams of their forefathers and unlock their dreams and full potential.

So Happy Black History Month. Let us stand united in the belief and understanding that an inclusive and hopeful society is one that we can and must create together. That is what America has always aspired to be. Black history is OUR history. Let’s embrace the rich complexity of who we were and who we can be together. 




of public schools in Duval County earned an "A," "B," or "C" in 2021-2022.