Schools Celebrate Black History Month
Schools across Montgomery County celebrated Black History Month with events, exhibits, guest speakers and special programs.
South Lake Elementary School hosted parents and students at its annual Black History Celebration. It was an exciting evening of trivia games, performances, arts and crafts, research projects on display, and students role playing as historical figures.
Special guests at the event included: Michael Platt, a 14-year-old baker who combines black history and community involvement in his baking; Valerie Ross, grandmother to a South Lake student, who operates ice cream company BOSS Ice Cream; and Christina Clark, a community activist and educator, who talked about changes in the school system since the civil rights era.
Kennedy Students Create Museum Exhibit, “America’s Dark Secret”
History classes at John F. Kennedy High School held a Black History Month Museum Exhibit. This year’s exhibit, “America’s Dark Secret,” sought to ensure that everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity, recognize the rich and varied experiences of African Americans.
This exhibit also demonstrated the school’s collaborative spirit, as it included the work of five different classes across four subject areas: African American History, Digital Art, Latinx Studies, and IB Language and Literature. Watch a video about how the exhibit came together.
Northwest Senior Wins Oratory Competition
A Northwest High School student won a Black History Oratory Competition sponsored by WJZ-TV CBS Baltimore. Senior Adjo Evonlah’s winning speech was based on a quote by writer and civil rights activist Audre Lorde: “When I dare to be powerful to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I’m afraid.” She wrote and delivered a longform poem on overcoming fear. Watch a video here.