This past Friday the Social Studies Department held its annual Black History Expo, which aims to honor the impact and contributions of African-American as well Afro-Latin Americans. This year's expo featured over 60 influential individuals and groups, spanning across numerous centuries, including projects on Sojourner Truth, Nat Turner, Madame C.J. Walker, Joe Louis, The Freedom Riders, Angela Davis, Afro-Latin MLB players, and Lupita Nyong'o.
"This serves as an opportunity to not simply celebrate, or honor, but to educate as well; as historically and forever important as figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. or Harriet Tubman are, the fingerprints of the culture and its impact extend well beyond them, beyond common knowledge or famous names, and it's important to acknowledge that," said history teacher Mr. Stephen Sanchez.
"Black History month is important to me because it's a celebration of my heritage, which I honestly try and celebrate every day," said junior A'lieilia Mallett, who did her project on Civil Right's icon Angela Davis. "..but sharing my heritage, and that celebration, it really means so much to me."
In conjunction with the Black History Expo, students participated in month long activities celebrating Black history. In English, they read the book The Help and watched the movie. They then discussed social strata and the class system set against the racist climate of the times. In Spanish, the students learned about the profound impact Africans have played in Latin America. They examined their contributions to Hispanic culture, music, and society. They also watched the movie Quilombo to teach about this history. And during daily announcements, trivia questions were read about famous African-Americans and their accomplishments to society. Students won a prize for guessing the correct answer at the end of each school day.