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Black History Month remains an important time to honor the heritage of African-Americans; and APS has some significant connections with the civil rights movement. Atlanta Public Schools has had many famous students, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lena Horne, Mayor Maynard Jackson, Nipsey Russell and others.
The district’s Museum Curator, Cathy Loving, sat down with us to give us a small glimpse into some of the connections that APS has with the civil rights movement in this video.
On May 3rd, Parkside Elementary’s teacher, Mr. Timothy Farmer, and his third grade class journeyed to Birmingham, Alabama, as a culminating activity as they finished reading of The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. This award-winning historical fiction chronicles the life of a family who visits Birmingham for a summer trip and encounters the aftermath of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, which took the lives of four young girls. The students, along with several parents, visited the church and the nearby Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Birmingham is currently commemorating a yearlong 50th anniversary observance of the Civil Rights Movement in the city. This trip was a great experience for the students as it provided an opportunity to bring history and classroom reading to life.
The South Atlanta High School hosted a performance of the play “The Boycott” on February 28, 2013. The cast numbered over thirty actors, actresses, singers and dancers and the play highlighted events surrounding the bus boycott in Montgomery Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement.
“The Boycott” intermixed personal and group dynamics along with music, dance and monologues to illustrate the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a political and social protest campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama. The campaign lasted from December 1, 1955 to December 20, 1956, when a federal ruling took effect and led to a United States Supreme Court decision that declared the Alabama and Montgomery laws requiring segregated buses to be unconstitutional.
“The Boycott” is an intergenerational play featuring the students of South Atlanta High School, the Harriet Daniel Senior Center Dancing Divas and other members of the community. South Atlanta Drama Instructor Tia Cowart and South Atlanta High extend a special thanks to Ms. Gwen Hubbard and Ms. Joyce Lewis for bringing this project to South Atlanta High School!
Below are highlights of how some of our APS schools and students celebrated Black History Month!
Beecher Hills Elementary students created a “Living Wax Museum” in the school media center where they portrayed famous African Americans from the present and past. Parents and community members were invited to tour the museum throughout the day.
D.H. Stanton partnered with the City of Atlanta’s Public Works Department to educate students on the two most notable contributions of Garrett Morgan—the traffic light and the gas mask. A life-sized traffic light and pedestrian crossing signal were posted in the media center, and local firefighters provided a demonstration of how the gas mask and breathing apparatus are used to protect firefighters during fires.
Scott Elementary students celebrated Black History Month by creating an African American Quilt; decorating school walls with Footprints in Time—paper footprints with the names and contributions of students’ favorite African Americans written on them; a special luncheon featuring traditional African American foods on the menu; and a Black History Month program featuring the “Langston Hughes Poets,” and student portrayals of the Tuskegee Airmen and the Little Rock Nine.
Burgess Peterson Academy took their gardening lessons one step further with a skit about Benjamin Banneker! Students will perform a special encore presentation during the school’s next PTA meeting.
Parkside Elementary students participated in the Black History Quiz-Bowl where 5th graders took to the stage as contestants while students in the audience used ActiVotes from Promethean to provide “lifelines” and help contestants choose correct answers.
Principals at the D.M. Therrell Educational Complex honored Dr. Joseph Lowery at the schools’ auditorium dedication ceremony. The facility will be called the Dr. Joeseph E. Lowery Auditorium. The civil rights legend addressed Therrell students with words of encouragement during his acceptance speech.
How did your school celebrate Black History Month? Leave a comment below and we will add your story and photos to this blog post.