A Unique Black History Month Celebration

A Unique Black History Month Celebration
Posted on 03/05/2019
BHM Presenters & RA Student Organizers

PHOENIXVILLE, PA – Each year throughout the month of February, Renaissance Academy (RA) students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade celebrate Black History Month by completing a variety of activities, projects, as well as, hosting special guest speakers and performers.

Stepping up this year was the newly formed RA Minority Student Union who, along with the RA Academy Council's Student Action Committee, worked for many weeks to create and organize a meaningful Black History Festival for all 7-12th grade students. This event, held on February 15th, included viewings of the films “The Hate You Give” for high school students and “Unsung Heroes” for the middle school. There were open discussions before and after the movies as well as other related, corresponding activities which allowed students to articulate their viewpoints regarding what they’ve learned.

The group also arranged to have over 35 guest presenters come to the school. The guest list included leaders in education, lobbyists, immigration and estate attorneys, artists and musicians, Norristown’s Chief of Police, military leaders, entrepreneurs, as well as, Gregory Scott, District Judge, RA Alumni, and Member of RA’s Board of Trustees. Both students and speakers alike expressed the powerful significance they found in their shared encounters.

Wrapping up the day was an assembly which included Latisha Pledger and Caitlyn Baker from the Peace Corps, as well as, spoken word artists, D’Lara Scott, Serena Walker, and Leroy Musonye.

Mrs. Jami Lynch, RA Social Science Teacher, said that it was truly inspiring to see the students take the reins organizing this noteworthy day. “The students tackled the responsibility with enthusiasm and thoughtfulness. Taking ownership of the event made it more personal and relevant to our young adults.”

There were additional Black History Month happenings throughout the month including door decorating and spoken word contests, as well as, daily features highlighting notable history figures on both the school-wide announcements and hall monitor displays. Grades K-6 concluded their month long activities with an interactive performance by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble which celebrated the African cultural heritage through song, drumming, and dance.

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