Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. The unique focus of this month invites our nation to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. This annual event was the brainchild of historian Carter G. Woodson.
St. Agnes School uses the month of February as a special occasion in which to learn more about the influence and impact that African Americans have had upon our nation’s history. These lessons have been shared through various community experiences and within the classroom instruction. The following offers a brief glimpse of how BEAR NATION celebrated Black History Month:
Each 8th grade student offered a verbal and visual presentation to the entire student body on an influential scientist, engineer, mathematician, researcher or entrepreneur.
The 7th grade students read and examined a spiritual analysis of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
Students in their 6th grade Music class studied the musical impact of Motown.
The 5th grade students explored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life through the visual and literary narrative called Martin’s Big Words.
Students in the 4th grade studied the intellectual, social, artistic and cultural movement of the Harlem Renaissance.
The 3rd grade students researched and created a visual, written and oral presentation on a transformative African American historical figure.
The 2nd grade students learned of artist Romare Bearden and his love of jazz as they created a mixed media collage influenced by his work.
The students in 1st grade and Kindergarten attended an African cultural showcase of dance, music and other performance based rituals called Cirque Zuma Zuma.
Our Pre-Kindergarten students learned how Stevie Wonder used music to paint by applying words and music. To better experience a lyrical portrait, the students closed their eyes while painting and listening to his song Ribbon in the Sky.
As the month concluded, our entire school attended a special presentation on the African-American music experience as told through Jason Sharp, a member of the soul group The Stylistics. Mr. Sharp shared how music has served as an oral history and is passed down to the next generation. The theme behind the music serves as a voice for hope and a quest for happiness and freedom. And before Jason would leave the stage, he performed two Stylistics chart-topping singles: Betcha By Golly, Wow and I’m Stone in Love With You.
At St. Agnes, we extend our education far beyond that of a traditional curriculum. Instead, our program fully engages our students in a profound experience of learning.