Since 1976, February has been designated Black History Month in the United States. Scholars across the network have planned various activities to commemorate the month.
During morning announcements at several Uplift campuses, scholars read facts about a historical African-American figure.
Alexis McCain a 9th grader at Uplift Peak started the Black History awareness group. During Friday morning announcements the group reads a fact about local African-Americans that have made an impact in the metroplex.
“We learn about Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks but there are African-Americans that we don’t always learn about like the first African-American judge in Dallas,” said McCain.
The 9th grader said it is important to embrace other cultures to be globally aware and open-minded.
In the classroom
At Uplift Williams middle school scholars took part in an essay contest. The scholars wrote about how the action of Jesse Owens, an African-american track and field, four-time Olympic gold medalist, allow scholars to think freely today.
Uplift Lee and Lee Elementary scholars took part in their first joint oratory contest. The scholars honored African-American authors and poets. Scholars recited poems or songs, and 12 scholars won medals.
Uplift Luna Preparatory scholars also honored African-American authors. In Jessica Murillo’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class, scholars read Raisin in the Sun, the autobiography of Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou’s poem and book.
The class favored Raisin in the Sun, a play about an African-American family that looks to improve their socio-economic status by using an inheritance from the deceased father’s insurance policy.
Each character has a different idea on how to spend the $10,000 policy which speaks to the individuals goals and dreams.
“With Raisin in the Sun we got deep into defining the characters, it was relate-able,” said Jazmin Roque, 10th grader at Uplift Luna.
Scholars were reflective of the hardships characters faced but also found positive themes with which they could relate.
“The book illustrates a lot of racism but it also shows a lot of love and unity from the family,” said Josmar Reyes, 9th grader at Uplift Luna.
The scholars stated they learned not everyone has the same opportunities but it is important to take advantage of the ones you do have.
“It is important to appreciate what we do have now,” said Lesly Salazar, 9th grader at Uplift Luna.
Uplift is part of the community
Uplift schools across the network have or will be celebrating Black History Month in form of performances, celebrations and community events.
At Uplift Heights Preparatory, scholars prepare for their annual Black History Month celebration but this year it will be a bit bigger. Uplift Heights Secondary will host a block party on February 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with food, entertainment, scholar performances and much more.
“It is important because it is a time for us to reflect on the past and how that shapes us now and we get to expand out for the world to know,” said Jourdan Moffit, 8th grader at Uplift Heights.
The event will not only be a celebration but highlight the contributions of African-Americans in the various eras. said these are important events not only for the scholars but for parents too. Moffit said this is an opportunity for parents to feel proud of their scholars in that they are accepting and embracing of all cultures.
“It is important to be reflective with everything because we want to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.” said Ashunti Rockmore, 8th grader at Uplift Heights.
Uplift Black History Month Events
Feb. 25 Middle and High School Spotlight at 9:45 a.m.
This program will spotlight different scholars as they express their thought on African American Hero’s
Feb. 26 Teacher Pot lunch
Feb. 27 Black History Community Celebration at 11 a.m.
Feb. 25 Returning to Greatness: Honoring African-American Contributions to History
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 26 Returning to Greatness: Honoring African-American Contributions to History
2 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Feb. 25 A Night at the Black History Museum
Feb. 25 Black History Month Block Party
5 to 7 p.m.