Throughout February, GCPS schools celebrated Black History Month and the many contributions of African Americans to our great nation.
Students studied all aspects of Black history across subject areas and participated in special activities, competitions, and fine arts events. In the classroom, children read the work of distinguished authors, researched and shared their findings on historical figures, represented famous African Americans in "living history" museums, and recreated scenes from the past. They performed plays and music, created videos and exhibits, performed dances and read poetry, and created interactive bulletin boards, informative displays, themed door coverings, and other artistic expressions. They competed in Black History Month "quiz bowl" events, learned about Historically Black Colleges and Universities, welcomed special visitors, attended heritage celebrations and Diversity Days, and more.
Special school activities marked Black History Month across the district, including:
MLK storytime for students via Facebook, hosted by Dr. Valerie Dickey, Lilburn ES media specialist;
Freedom quilts fashioned by students at Minor ES;
“A Night at the Apollo,” presented by Simonton ES students to celebrate African American heroes who changed the world;
An art project in which Pharr ES students produced Kente cloth;
A Walk Through History at Hull MS;
A special program produced by students in Duluth HS social studies classes;
Dancing and drumming at a special evening event for Richards MS families;
Folk stories shared by storyteller Serwa Ventress Genama with Jackson ES students; and
Wax Museums of famous African Americans to close out the month for Shiloh ES and McConnell MS.
In this photo gallery, enjoy scenes from a few of these events and other ways that GCPS students celebrated Black History Month in February.
This slideshow includes photos from Bethesda ES, Burnette ES, Jackson ES, Pharr ES, Trip ES, Hull MS, Jones MS, Richards MS, Sweetwater MS, and Duluth HS.