BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS THE REMEMBRANCE OF NOTABLE PEOPLE AND EVENTS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY THAT HAS BEEN CELEBRATED ANNUALLY IN THE UNITED STATES IN FEBRUARY SINCE 1976. THE REMEMBRANCE HAS ITS ROOTS IN 1926 BY HISTORIAN CARTER G. WOODSON. HE CHOSE THE SECOND WEEK IN FEBRUARY BECAUSE IT MARKED THE BIRTHDAYS OF TWO AMERICANS WHO GREATLY INFLUENCED THE LIVES AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS: FORMER PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND ABOLITIONIST AND FORMER SLAVE FREDERICK DOUGLASS.
The Capital City Go-Go are proud to honor the great and countless contributions of African Americans. In addition to events throughout the community, the Go-Go will spotlight and honor various African Americans making a positive difference in their communities. The spotlights will take place during three of the Go-Go’s home games in February. The Go-Go will honor individuals that are making a difference in their communities using the pillars supported by the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. The five pillars are Education, Health and Fitness, Hunger and Homelessness, Military and Veteran, and Youth Basketball.
Spotlight Honoree: Sundai Riggins
Game Date: Saturday, February 9th vs. Lakeland Magic
MSE Pillar: Education
Dr. Sundai Riggins is the principal at Hendley Elementary School in Southeast Washington, DC. Over the past four years, she has fearlessly lead the school community to increase academic gains and student-centered programming. Hendley ES has robust athletics programming, from basketball to the largest Ward 8 elementary level cross country track team, as well as a Pre K-5th grade schoolwide STEM program.
In summer of 2017, the school was gifted an amazing brand new STEM lab in partnership with the MSE Foundation and the Washington Wizards. The school has three Robotics teams, one of which was highlighted on multiple news outlets for qualifying to attend the 2018 VEX IQ Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. The Hendley squad was the only 100% African-American elementary school team out of a total of 400 competing teams. Most recently, Hendley Elementary School was selected as a finalist for the Standing Ovation for DC Public Schools 2019 Innovation for Excellence Award for their work to provide elementary school students with hands-on engineering design challenges.
Dr. Riggins holds a Master’s degrees in leadership from Trinity University and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University as well as a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.