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George celebrates Black History Month

AlejandraEnriquez

 

In honor of Black History Month, George Washington has displayed posters showcasing prominent Black American leaders. These people were chosen because they have inspired staff and students to become better people.

February is Black History Month. During this month, many Black Americans celebrate the people who came before them that fought for their rights, and did everything in their power to get the equality that they deserve.

People take the time to share their experiences, their difficulties, their accomplishments and the hardships they deal with.

They share with the people what it means to be a person in the Black American community.

Last month, people shared their music, poems, memories, words, dances, culture and voices with the rest of the community, trying to increase understanding of their beautiful cultures.

Not only do these breathtaking performances get shown, but the truth that many people try to hide is brought to light.

The education system does not teach about everyone who was  involved with owning slaves, which includes some often-praised leaders.

Students have expressed concern about underlying issues with the history curriculum. Students are taught about people such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Rosa Parks, but students are disquieted by the lack of education about people such as Emmett Till, Ella Baker and Katherine Johnson. The school is attempting to bridge this knowledge gap with the Black Experience Today class.

“I have only learned about MLK and Rosa Parks, and it was never very detailed it was always very short and then the teachers would move on very quick. I did not start to hear about Emmett Till until my friends took Black Experience Today, that was taught by [Michelle] Rosen and I was very surprised I had not ever learned about it,” senior Sara DeLaCruz said.

Black History Month provides insight to living the life of a Black American.

Schools are named after people who owned slaves, there are statues and days to celebrate people in our history that caused so much damage to others.

“It is ironic how [our school is] named after a president who had a whole plantation of slaves and we never talk about it; we are not informed. [George Washington], although he was our first president, he is glorified and practically worshiped for all the things he did for this country even though he was an active member in owning slaves and he is part of the reason we are still fighting for our rights today,” senior Ruth Kadima said.

 

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A student admires the Black History Month posters in the hallway. Surveyor/Struber

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