This February, schools across the LEAD Public Schools network celebrated the contributions and influence of Black Americans through lessons, activities, and events. By focusing on the history, culture, and achievement of Black Americans, LEAD Public Schools is not only developing our scholars to be ready for college and ready for life, we are also honoring the culture and heritage of many of our students and staff.
Below are a just a few of the many ways our schools have honored Black History Month this year:
LEAD Academy celebrated Black History through a school-wide event. The event featured African dance, fashion, a Greek Stroll Off, and historic photo recreations done by students. Special thanks to Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, and Fisk University students for helping us celebrate!
LEAD Brick Church
LEAD Brick Church honored Black History in a variety of ways this month. During lunch, students recognized different Black figures who made an impact on American history, including Madam CJ Walker, Marie VB Brown, Shaka Zulu, and Maya Angelou. Students also had the opportunity to learn about Black influence in music by taking a field trip to the National Museum of African American Music.
At LEAD Cameron, students spent their CREW class every Wednesday learning about significant Black figures, including the school’s namesake–Henry Alvin Cameron! The school also invited a Black speakers and organizations to share their stories with students, including Desmond Armstrong, Jamaya Simmons, and Yulinda Cook.
LEAD Neely’s Bend
LEAD Neely’s Bend celebrated Black History Month by hosting a pep rally that allowed students to showcase their creative talents to honor Black influences. During the assembly, students and staff honored Black History by sharing meaningful poetry and music, modeling traditional African garments, and performing songs and step dances. The Bend also hosted a Black History Spirit Week, allowing students the opportunity to honor Black heritage through their clothing.
LEAD Southeast High
At LEAD Southeast High, staff dedicated an entire day to focusing on Black History content. Students participated in hands-on activities in class, played a Black American History Jeopardy game, watched performances that capture Black Americans’ contributions to performing arts in America, and viewed exhibits showcasing how Black Americans have influenced American society as a whole.
LEAD Southeast Middle
LEAD Southeast Middle gave students the opportunity to showcase their talents and celebrate Black History through an Open Mic Night. During the event, students shared poetry, spoken word, monologues, and dance performances with their peers. The school also honored Black History through their taste buds by hosting a weekly bake sale and offering a visit to Mr. Jenkins Kitchen as a student incentive.