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The Back to School With The HistoryMakers day of service is an annual nationwide volunteer initiative that takes African American leaders into schools across the nation, all on the last Friday of September, in order to encourage students of all races to commit to their education. By putting young people in direct contact with our HistoryMakers, the goal of Back To School With The HistoryMakers is to:

  • Raise awareness of the achievements of accomplished African Americans in their local communities.
  • Encourage student achievement, parental involvement, increased test scores, high school graduation rates, and successful college entry and matriculation.
  • Bring African American leaders into schools to engage with the community and motivate students directly.
  • Provide clear, culturally relevant examples of role models and career pathways for students.
  • Encourage use of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive of oral history interviews.

Back To School With The HistoryMakers has featured HistoryMakers like former senior presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett, former Mayor of Philadelphia The Honorable W. Wilson Goode, renowned opera singer Denyce Graves, and NASA’s Glenn Research Center Director, Julian Manly Earls, among hundreds of others, visiting schools in their local communities. In most cases, educators and administrators at the schools who participate in the Back To School With The HistoryMakers program do not have the ability to reach out and contact the broad array of demographics and socioeconomic levels represented by the individuals interviewed for The HistoryMakers Collection. Through this program, students are able to draw concrete parallels with their own lives, and are inspired to explore more varied opportunities for their education and career.

2016 Back To School Survey Responses


Participating Schools


Back To School Map


Asbury High School          

Autaugaville School

Daniel Payne Middle School
Green Acres Middle School
John Herbert Phillips Academy
Sun Valley Elementary School
Wenonah High School
Whatley Elementary School
Malachi Wilkerson Middle School

John Essex High School

Fort Deposit
Lowndes County Middle School

Booker T. Washington High School
Huntsville High Sch
South Hampton Elementary School

Bellingrath Jr. High School
Southlawn Middle School

Central High School Coosa County

Booker T. Washington High School
Tuskegee Institute Middle School

RC Hatch High School


Percy L Julian School          


Little Rock
Hazen High School
Jack Robey Jr. High School
Phelps ACE High School
Stuttgart High School


Bay Area
Civicorps School
Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School
Lafayette Elementary School
Markham Elementary
Martin Luther King, Jr Elementary School
100 Black Men of the Bay Area Community School
East Oakland Leadership Academy
Oakland Unity High School
Skyline High School
Anna Yates Elementary School
Mission High School
Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High
Reach Academy
Roosevelt Middle School
Oak Grove High School
Piedmont Hills High School
Rosa Parks Middle School
Los Angeles
Angeles Mesa Elementary School
Berkeley Hall School
Bethune Elementary School
Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy Middle School
Crenshaw Senior High School
El Camino Real Charter High School
Frederick Douglas Academy Middle School
George Henry Corliss High School
Grady High School
King/Drew Medical Magnet High School
KIPP Scholar Academy
Manchester Avenue Elementary
Paul Robeson High School
Ralph J. Bunche Middle School
Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle
St. Sabina Academy
Thomas Jefferson High School
Thurgood Marshall Charter Middle School
Toomer Elementary School
Verbum Dei High School
Wendell Phillips High School

Santa Monica
Santa Monica High School


Centaurus High School
Escuela Tlatelolco Centro De Estudios
John D. Shoop Math-Science Technical Academy
Montbello High School


Bulkeley High School
Hartford Public High School Freshman Academy
New Haven
Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology

Washington, D.C.

Anacostia Senior High School
Annapolis High School
Ballou Senior High School
Baltimore City College High School
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High
Blair Middle School
Booker T. Washington PCHS
Broad Ripple High School
Calvin Coolidge Senior High School
Calvin Coolidge Senior High School
Cardozo Senior High School
Carver Vocational-Technical High
Cesar Chavez PCS Capitol Hill Campus
Cesar Chavez PCS Parkside Campus
Charles Herbert Flowers High School
Chesterfield Community High School
Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School
Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School
Crossland Evening/Saturday High
Crossland High School
DIH: Addison and Helen Rand Campus (5)
DIH: Benjamin & Gladys Amos (1)
DIH: Ernest & Helene Campus (2)
DIH: Ernest & Virginia Amos (3) - Lower
DIH: Ernest & Virginia Amos (3) - Upper
DIH: Wilson & Odessa Butler Campus (4)
Drew Elementary School
Eastern Senior High School
EL Haynes Public Charter School
Ellington School Of The Arts
Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS
Friendship Tech Prep Academy PCS
Gaithersburg Middle School
Garrison Elementary School
Hayward Middle School
Helen M. Hefferan Elementary School
Hoffman-Boston Elem. School
Hospitality High School of Washington, D.C.
Howard D. Woodson Senior High School
Howard Middle School of Math & Science
James Hubert Blake High
James Solomon Russell Middle School
KIPP DC College Preparatory PCHS
Kipp Ujima Village Academy
Lavilla School Of The Arts
Lincoln High School
Luke C. Moore Academy
Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School
Maya Angelou Public Charter School (Evans)
McKinley Technical Senior High School
Montgomery Blair High
National Collegiate Preparatory PCHS
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
Perry Street Prep Public Charter School
Perry Street Prep Public Charter School
Pittsburgh Allderdice High School
Ridgewood School
Roberto W. Clemente Middle
Rocky Hill Middle School
Santa Monica High School
School Without Walls SHS
Seaton Elementary School
Seaton Elementary School
Shepherd Elementary
Spingarn SHS
Susan Miller Dorsey High School
Takoma Park Middle School
The Best Academy At Benjamin S. Carson
The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School
Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School
Toano Middle School
Tyner Academy
Washington Latin Public Charter School
Washington Math Science Tech PCHS
Washington Metropolitan High School
Woodrow Wilson High School


Delray Beach
Village Academy Elementary

Ace Technical Charter High School
Melody Elementary School

Fort Lauderdale
Blanche Ely High School
Dillard High School

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
Jean Ribault High School
Lavilla School Of The Arts

Booker T. Washington High School
Boston Renaissance Charter Public School
Brownsville Middle School
Van E. Blanton Elementary School

Griffin Middle School

Saint Petersburg
Gibbs High School

FAMU Developmental Research School
Griffin Middle School


Arabia Mountain High School
Atlanta Youth Academy
Benjamin E. Mays High School
Bethune Elementary School
Booker T. Washington High School
Brown Middle School
Chimborazo Elem.
Conley Hills Elementary School
Hapeville Elementary School
Hope-Hill Elementary School
Jean Childs Young Middle School
John Wesley Dobbs Elementary School
Lithonia High School
M. Agnes Jones Elementary
Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School
Rainbow Elementary School
Ron Clark Academy
Sammy E. Coan Middle School
Seaborn Lee Elementary
Stephenson High School
The New Schools at Carver
Therrell School Of Law, Government And Public Policy
Toomer Elementary School
Tri-Cities High School
University Community Academy
Wadsworth Magnet School for High Achievers
West Manor Elementary School
Woodward Park Middle School

Burdell-Hunt Magnet School
Central High School
Charles H. Bruce Elementary School
Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School
Weaver Middle School
Westside High

Hubert Middle School


A.N. Pritzker Elem School
Academy for Global Citizenship
Ariel Community Academy
Beasley Elementary Magnet Academic Center
Benjamin Mays Academy
Betty Shabazz Academy
Bronzeville Military Academy - CPS
Bronzeville Scholastic Academy
Chicago International Charter School Rockford Patriots
Chicago International Charter Schools (CICS) West Belden Campus
Chicago Vocational Career Academy High School
Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School
Columbus Academy
Crown Community Academy of Fine Arts
Dixon Elem School
Dulles School of Excellence
Dyett High School
Elihu Yale Elementary
Ellington Elem School
Evanston Township High School
Frederick Douglass College Preparatory Academy For Young Men
George Fowler High School
Goodlow Elementary Magnet School
Goodlow Elementary Magnet School
Hales Franciscan High School
Hammond High School
Helen M. Hefferan STE"A"M School
Henson Elem School
Il Mathematics & Science Academy
James Otis Elementary School
Jefferson Middle School
John B. Drake Elementary School
John Hope College Prep High School
John Marshall Metro High School
Joplin Elem School
Langford Academy
LEARN Charter School Romano-Butler Campus
Legacy Academy of Excellence
Lincoln Park High School
Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy
Mahalia Jackson Elementary School
Manierre Elementary School
Martha M. Ruggles Elementary School
Mary W French Academy
Melody STEM Elementary
Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Morgan Park High School
Newberry Elem Math & Science Acad
Passages Elementary Charter School
Paul L. Dunbar Career Academy
Percy L. Julian High School
Perspectives Charter - Calumet Leadership
Perspectives Charter - Calumet Technology
Perspectives Charter - IIT Math & Science Academy
Perspectives Charter - Rodney D. Joslin
Providence-St. Mel High School
Quest Academy
Rich Central Campus High School
Rich East Campus High School
Rich South Campus High School
Richard T. Crane (RTC) Medical Preparatory High School
Rowe Elementary School
South Loop Elementary School
South Shore International College Prep
Southeast High School
Springfield Ball Charter School
St. Elizabeth Catholic School
St. Philip Neri Catholic School
Sullivan High School
TEAM Englewood Community Academy High School
Theodore Roosevelt High Sch
Turner-Drew Elem Language Academy
University of Chicago Charter School -Donoghue Campus
Westscott Elementary
William Rainey Harper High School
Young Women's Leadership Charter School of Chicago
Youth Connections Charter Schools Community Youth Development Institute
Youth Connections Charter Schools Innovations High School
Youth Connections Charter Schools Leadership Academy
Youth Connections Charter Schools Olive Harvey Middle College
Youth Connections Charter Schools Westside Holistic Academy

Grant Middle School
Jefferson Middle School
Springfield Ball Charter School
Southeast High School


Fort Wayne
Memorial Park Middle School
Smith Academy For Excellence Boys School
Weisser Center

Theodore Roosevelt High School


Southeast High School


Bryan Station High School


Baton Rouge
East Baton Rouge Laboratory Academy
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School

New Orleans
New Orleans Center For Creative Arts
St. Augustine School


Annapolis High School

Baltimore City College High School
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy
Carver Vocational-Technical High
Frederick Douglass High School
Kipp Ujima Village Academy
aul Laurence Dunbar High School
The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School
Ascension Lutheran School
Charles Herbert Flowers High School
Crossland High School


Muriel Snowden International High School

Buzzards Bay
St. Margaret Regional School

Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School
Fletcher/Maynard Academy

Dearborn Middle School
Jeremiah E. Burke High School
John Marshall Elementary School
Neighborhood House Charter School

Hyde Park
Boston Renaissance Charter Public School

Higginson-Lewis K-8 School
New Mission High School
Orchard Gardens School

Prospect Hill Academy Charter School


Ann Arbor
Logan Elementary School

Dixon Educational Learning Academy
Frederick Douglas College Preparatory Academy For Young Men
Edward (Duke) Ellington Conservatory Of Mu
Charles L. Spain Elementary Middle School
Marcus Garvey Academy


Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary

The Academy of North Minneapolis


Ruleville Central High School

St. Louis
Pamoja Academy

University City
Brittany Woods Middle School


Las Vegas
Matt Kelly Elementary School

New Jersey

East Orange
Wahlstrom Early Childhood Academy

New York

Hillsborough High School

Arts High School

Bedford Academy High School Ms 584
Ronald Edmonds Learning Center #1 (MS 113)
Ronald Edmonds Learning Center #2 MS 484
Boys and Girls High School
Mott Hall Bridges Middle School

New York
Frederick Douglass Academy
Manhattan Theatre Lab High School
St. Charles Borromeo School

Springfield Gardens
Is 59 Springfield Gardens School - Eagle

George Fowler High School

North Carolina 

High Point
Southwest Guilford High School

Rocky Mount
J W Parker Middle


Arlington Christian Academy
Lighthouse Academy

Glendale Primary School

Carl & Louis Stokes Central Academy
Daniel E. Morgan Elementary School
The Intergenerational School
Michael R. White Elementary
Caledonia Elementary School

Arts Impact Middle School
Beechcroft High School
Independence High School
Marian-Franklin High School
Southmoor Middle School
Westmoor Middle School
Woodward Park Middle School
Yorktown Middle School
Fort Hayes Performing Arts School
West High School

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy
Thurgood Marshall High School

East Cleveland
Chambers Elementary School
Heritage Middle School
Mayfair Elementary School
Shaw High School
Superior Elementary School

Columbus Academy

Ridgewood School
Hayward Middle School


Oklahoma City
KIPP Reach College Preparatory
Charter Middle School


Benjamin Franklin High School
Creative And Performing Arts
George W Nebinger Elementary
Vaux High School Promise Academy
Harrison Elementary School

Allderdice High School

Puerto Rico    

The Palmas Academy

South Carolina


Charleston Progressive Academy
Springfield Elementary 

Sevier Middle School

Hilton Head
Hilton Head Middle School
Hilton Head Island High School

Saint Matthews
Saint Matthews K-8

Wadmalaw Island
Edith L Frierson Elem


Tyner Academy

Manassas High School
Melrose High School


Akins High School
Covington Middle School

KB Polk Elementary School
Lincoln High School

Blackshear Elementary School
Jack Yates High School
WALIPP TSU Preparatory Academy


Horizon Elementary

Salt Lake City
Bryant Middle


Brattleboro Union High School


Christiansburg High School

Aberdeen Elementary School

James Solomon Russell Middle School

Newport News
Huntington Middle School

Blair Middle School

Lakeview Elementary School

Toano Middle School


Garfield High School


Holy Redeemer Christian Academy