NOVA Recognizes Black History Maker and Educator Bernice Mayfield

February 16, 2024

Black History (Heritage) Month features a multitude of programs and events to celebrate and highlight the contributions of African Americans. Officially established in 1976 by President Gerald Ford, Black History Month aims to recognize and honor the “too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Portrait of Bernice Mayfield

As we think back to the enslaved; the abolitionists; the reconstructionists; the freedom riders; the athletes, musicians, politicians, preachers, and many other known and unknown contributors, it is vital to remember, reflect and participate in continued discussions on the historical and current impact of African Americans. And not just in February — but year-round.

In doing so, was must recognize the contributions of African Americans nationally and globally, as well as in our own NOVA community. Our own Black history maker and educator Bernice Mayfield will participate in a virtual panel during the Pulitzer Center’s 1619 (Project) Education Conference on Saturday, February 17!

Since 2019, the Pulitzer Center's 1619 education programs and initiatives have supported educators and students across the country in advancing transformative conversations about the legacy of slavery in the United States and the contributions of Black Americans in moving the country toward its stated ideals.

This third 1619 Education Conference, to be held this weekend, February 17 and 18, will continue this important work by showcasing lessons learned and models created by educators in the 1619 Project Education Network. Project themes and scholarly insights will be shared through learning workshops and contributor keynotes. The 1619 Education Conference is open to all. Those interested in registering for this online event may do so here.

So tune in to see NOVA’s own Bernice Mayfield for her panel session: "Why Didn’t I Know That? Equipping Pre-Service Teachers with Underreported Histories." The virtual panel will be on Saturday, February 17, from 3:45 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.


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