Posts tagged ‘Black History Month’
L.P. Miles Elementary celebrated Black History Month with its annual program Friday. Parents and community members were delighted by the talent of the participating classes. After a rousing welcome by student hosts Deonte Bryant and Keari Bryant of Karen Pettigrew’s fourth-grade class, the talent began.
Performances were provided in by each grade level including pre-k and featured a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King by the school chorus.
The program was directed by music teacher Letricia Henson. Art teacher Dr. Russell Kennedy, stage manager/physical education teacher Rico Eberhart and media specialist Dr. Reginald Ponder were among the wealth of faculty talent that helped pull the program together.
The weeks prior to the program included thematic events with historically black college and university (HBCU) shirts, dressing up as a favorite African-American hero and black history trivia through out the month. Visit the APS Media Gallery for a full set of photos.
Long Middle annually holds an art exhibit in celebration of Black History Month. Under the guidance of Principal Dr. Elizabeth Harris, students get a chance to see a range of African items on display — often provided by school staff, “that is reflective of our culture,” she says. “Each year, it grows more and more and more.”
One eighth-grader was particularly impressed with the display: “These are very unique pieces of artwork. I like it because they have a very unique design of animals, like zebra and giraffe, type of design.”
Check out the video above as the staff showcases the works, and the students get a chance to experience them.
In honor of Black History Month, Major League Baseball‘s long-time home run king Hank Aaron was joined by former U.N. Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and Major League Baseball to talk to students about the sport’s connection to the Civil Rights Movement during an assembly at Jean Childs Young Middle School on Feb. 14.
Jimmie Lee Solomon, executive vice president of baseball initiatives for the Major League Baseball, opened the assembly by asking the students what they wanted to be when they grew up. “Did you know that Ambassador Young wanted to be a dentist — just like his daddy?” said Solomon. “And that Hank Aaron wanted to be a carpenter? Kids like you can be whatever it is you want to be. But it is going to require a lot of hard work.”
As part of its annual Black History Month program, Humphries Elementary School received a bit of good news when Principal Donald Clark announced a partnership with MVG Consulting Group, LLC. The group participated in last fall’s popular Principal for a Day program at the school in which community partners follow a principal throughout the school day to gain a better perspective on how APS is educating our students.
The company is the husband-and-wife team of Monty and Von Green, who started their own business focusing on technology applications, software creations and utilization, and data usage and interpretation. According to Principal Clark, “They will work with our staff to enhance the quality of intergration into classrooms, expanding the knowledge of our staff in the use of technology and assisting with tutoring and mentoring with our existing partners.”
After the signing ceremony, Humphries students showcased their talent through a dynamic black history program. Performances represented all ages and grades at the School.
As part of this year’s celebration of Black History Month, the Atlanta Hawks are honoring prominent African-American leaders during home games in February for their civic contributions, accomplishments and leadership. During Wednesday’s night game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, APS Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall and her work to tranform the district were recognized. Among her accomplishments cited were her being named as the American Association of School Administrators’ 2009 National Superintendent of the Year; Georgia Superintendent of the Year by the Georgia School Superintendents Association; and as one of the 100 most influential Georgians by Georgia Trend magazine.
By the way, the Hawks really honored Dr. Hall by winning, 98-92! For more photos, check out the gallery here.