Celebrating Black History Month 2018

Celebrating Black History Month 2018
Posted on 03/02/2018
Black History Month "Living Wax Museum" presentersPHOENIXVILLE, PA – Throughout the month of February, Renaissance Academy students is grades kindergarten through 12th grade celebrated Black History Month by completing a variety of activities and projects.

On Wednesday, February 14th, high school students of the Renaissance Academy (RA) Charter School received a very special speaker, MK Asante, an American author, filmmaker, recording artist, and professor. He is best known for his best-selling memoir, “Buck”. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, and raised in Philadelphia, Asante struggled within the urban decay of his community until discovering his passion for writing and the creative arts. Mr. Asante spoke with high school students about his life journey and what it has taught him. He also explained what Black History Month means to him and why he feels it is so important. “There are so many elements about black history that go beyond just America. The reason we have to single it out as that month or that week or whatever, is because a lot of times it gets forgotten about. So we have to remind, remember it and celebrate it and we have to draw attention to it. For me it’s not just a month.”

Both the Upper and Lower Schools utilized their artistic side to add to the celebration by decorating hallways with their visualizations of Black History. The Lower School held a door decorating contest for which the students worked together to create a design around the role/subject taught by their home base teacher then connecting that subject to black history. The winners were Mr. Gebert’s 5th grade home base class. he design was based on “why the caged bird sings,” and featured a bird “singing” Maya Angelou quotes.

The Upper School students made things personal by decorating their individual lockers to reflect their vision of Black History. Teachers voted on the lockers using rubrics created by the Academy Council Student Action Committee. The high school winner of the Black History locker contest was sophomore, Dominique Vinson. The winning middle school locker was decorated by 8th grader, Riley Strouse. Both students won $25 gift cards to Wawa.

Finally, as a culminating event for Black History Month, the Lower School held a “Living Wax Museum” (featured picture at left) on February 28th. The event, which was organized by RA parents, Maurice and Joyce Moon, included short presentations about the lives and accomplishments of noteworthy African Americans throughout history. Museum presenters dressed as and performed in character as Oprah Winfrey, Martin Delany, Maya Angelou, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Malcolm X, Katherine Johnson, Frederick Douglass, and Madame CJ Walker.