CCSD & Black History Month 2011 Celebrations
Throughout the month of February, CCSD schools across the county led lessons and events in honor of Black History Month. Though these celebrations ranged dramatically in terms of the number of individuals in attendance, the format, and the topic areas addressed, they all emphasized the need to honor the experiences and contributions of African-Americans throughout the year.
The ARMS and EXCEL Academies of Morningside Middle recently hosted a drum performance and dancing in honor of Black History Month. This short video captures the energy and excitement of the event!
Below are just a few of the other countless examples of the dynamic events in February.
In keeping with the school's focus on leadership and the district's ongoing emphasis on literacy, Charleston Progressive Academy hosted energizing performances during Black History Month. On February 24, students and faculty members performed for the audience and were treated to special messages from Raphael James of Live 5 News and the Reverend Joseph Darby, senior pastor of Morris Brown AME Church. After the assembly program, Rev. Darby led a roundtable discussion with fifth and sixth grade boys about leadership.
Students at the Apple Charter School presented their living history museum of African-Americans who have made notable life achievements. The students became living interactive statues as guests inquired about their history. The students provided information on various personalities that included Bill Cosby, George Washington Carver, Josephine Baker, Roddy White, and many others.
On February 25, students at North Charleston High School (NCHS) presented a play about the Harlem Renaissance. The play demonstrated vibrant and unprecedented experiences that took place during this monumental time period, and NCHS students showcased poetry, song, dance, and art from the era.
As part of the month-long celebration, the students and staff at St. Andrew's Middle School participated in a variety of activities. "Career chats" featured African-American community members who were invited to visit the school and speak to students informally during lunch about their occupations. Black History trivia questions started each day, and on Color Days, each grade level wore red, green or black, which are the colors of the Pan-African flag. Students also hosted an evening of poetry and a talent show. Students and teachers decorated their classroom doors with themes showcasing famous African-Americans throughout history.