LMS celebrates Black History Month

LMS celebrates Black History Month
Posted on 02/23/2018

Leal Middle School hosted several events on campus in honor of Black History Month. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Black Excellence.”

“This year for Black History Month, we wanted to put several events together for the students to show them that black people have not only succeeded in sports and music, but also in education,” LMS Teacher Olivia Robinson said.

To kick off the festivities, students from the student-led leadership organization IMPACT, Juliet Hernandez and Erick Perez, delivered daily announcements highlighting African-American scholars and professionals throughout history, including Michelle Obama, Langston Hughes, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Medgar Evers and Katherine Johnson.

“I learned that black people have succeeded in life because they tried their hardest to overcome racism and segregation,” Seventh-grade Student Christian Turner said.

Advisory classes were encouraged to create informational posters featuring a historically black college and university or a minority serving institution. Some of the universities included in the competition were: Texas College, Howard University, Prairie View A&M University, Florida A&M, Palo Alto College, Xavier University of Louisiana, St. Phillips College and Spelman College. The posters were displayed in the cafeteria and the winning advisory class received a pizza party.

On “Black Cinema Tuesday,” students were treated to free popcorn and drinks while they watched “Hidden Figures,” “The Black Panthers Documentary” and “The Great Debaters.”

“During Black History Month, I learned about all the people who risked their lives to make others better,” Seventh-grade Student Princess Mora added.

The school’s librarian also organized a writing contest where students were asked to write a letter, poem, essay or short story addressing the prompt, “What is Black Excellence.” A thank you letter to Barack Obama, an acrostic poem about Rosa Parks and a short story featuring a black woman who overcame obstacles and persevered through her struggle were some of the writings submitted. The winning student received a $25 gift card to the Leal Book Fair taking place next week.

Motivational speaker Sebastian Sanders paid a visit to the campus and spoke to seventh and eighth grade students about the meaning of excellence and the importance of an education for all age groups.

As the CEO and founder of the Sanders HAND Foundations, the 20-year-old junior management science major is planning to work in operations and supply chain management. Students left feeling inspired as they heard about his passion for supporting black businesses, working with minorities and giving back. 

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