Leal Middle School celebrates Black History Month

Leal Middle School celebrates Black History Month
Posted on 02/08/2019

Leal Middle School is hosting its third annual Black History Month Celebration with fun and educational events taking place throughout the campus.

This week, the school kicked off the celebration by highlighting influential Black men and women in history during morning announcements and hosted a “Black is Beautiful Day,” where all students, faculty and staff dressed in the color black to change the stigma behind the word black.

“Black History Month gives us, as educators, the opportunity to shed light on significant Black people and culture that helped to build the country that we live in today,” Seventh-grade ELA Teacher Olivia Robinson said. “As a Black teacher, I think it's crucial for our students to see the beauty and power in Black culture.”

The celebration will continue with “Black Cinema Tuesdays,” where students will enjoy several films such as “Black Panther,” “Race,” and “Pride.” Guest Speaker Dr. Eddie J. Kirby, director of Enterprise Information Business Applications at CPS Energy, also gave a presentation Friday afternoon and talked about his experience in both Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups.

“Black History Month is a powerful acknowledgement and appreciation for how Black leaders past and present matter and have contributed to the fabric of the United States. I hope that students will see the immense value of multiculturalism and break free from learned assumptions or stereotypes in order to create a school campus culture that is accepting and kind,” Sixth-grade World Cultures Teacher Maribel Gonzalez said. “Through celebrating Black History Month, we are teaching students to be proud of their own culture and heritage by recognizing similarities in our struggle for civil rights and recognition.”

Along with the film screenings and guest speaker, the campus will hold a Black Culture Book Marker Competition. Students will be encouraged to decorate a bookmark that represents Black culture for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the movies.

“Through a myriad of activities such as classroom activities related to all content areas, art builds, film screenings and speaker presentations, students will learn that Black history represents leaders and accomplishments that are diverse and impactful. They will learn that they can make a difference too,” Gonzalez concluded.  



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