Black History Month Celebration
This year, our Black History month activities began with guest speakers from Ethos Education Group. This organization, led by CEO Michael Davis, and Vice Presidents Tim Brown and Everson Walls, has a mission to engage, educate and empower students to become the future leaders. They led a general session discussing character and values with both the Academic Academy and PAC students. Each Ethos speaker was introduced by way of video and highlights of their careers and experience. They each gave their own personal stories of overcoming struggles that led them to very successful lives and then concluded with a Q/A session with the students.
The speaking engagement was followed by two days of homeroom stations that were designed to celebrate and educate students on important events and people in Black History. The stations were led by students in our Academy Rising Up program and facilitated by teacher volunteers. The stations included:
- Musicology: a history lesson in the development and importance of music in African American culture;
- Underground Railroad Quilt: a lesson on the Underground Railroad and the quilts that were used to communicate to slaves, who attempted to escape to freedom and their supporters;
- Matching Game: a game where students were instructed to match pictures and descriptions of important historical leader and events;
- I Have a Dream (MLK) and Kid President: students were shown clips of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream Speech and Kid President and encouraged to discuss the importance of the speech and the impact on the Civil Rights movement;
- What Is Your Dream?: students were encouraged to write their own “I Have a Dream”statements;
- Sports: a discussion and presentation on black athletes who were influential within their individual sport as well as the sports industry overall.
Overall the students enjoyed the three days of activities and learned about the origins of traditions and gained a deeper understand of the sacrifices and contributions of so many different African American leaders, pioneers, and trail blazers though out American history.