February at TMS: Black History Month

As we know, diversity and cultural responsiveness embed our daily school days here at TMS. During some months we may focus on history that has shaped our world. Black History Month was celebrated around our school community throughout the month of February. Black History Month originated in 1926 with a need to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of African Americans. Students heard facts and stories about the significance of many African Americans and their impacts on our world today. We also celebrated the music from the roots of Africa, listened to and read stories, and were mindful in acknowledging these impacts and how they have affected our own personal lives and worlds.

Just a Snapshot of How we Celebrated!

  • K-8 Village meeting on February 16 : We were beyond excited to listen to our beautiful TMS Chorus and host the An Ka Fo drum dance group.
  • Announcements acknowledged the impact of African Americans in our world.
  • K-8 Collaborative Working Canvas: Students and staff were invited to use the boards in front of the cafeteria to celebrate the diversity of our school, whether it was a picture, artwork, a quote, a poem, etc.

In Our Community:

  • Visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights and be immersed in the experiences of the Civil Rights Movement. https://www.civilandhumanrights.org/
  • Places to visit in Atlanta to follow along and experience the history.

Parent/Family Resources:

  • Enjoy this TED Talk by Eric Deggans titled How to Talk About Race
  • Welcome to the Teaching Tolerance blog, a place where educators who care about diversity, equity and justice can find news, suggestions, conversation and support. http://www.tolerance.org/

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