Why do we still need Black History Month?

March 3, 2020

Black History Month is celebrated every February as an homage to the contributions of African Americans who have shaped American history. This celebration was started in 1915 by historian Carter G. Woodson...

Reform education for equity now

We must incorporate more Black history into our schools.
February 29, 2020

African-American history is American history. There is no doubt that our curriculum, and even the way we interpret the past, does not reflect that truth or even a mere semblance of it. The teaching of...

Black History Month takes a different route

Performing an original piece, senior Taylor Fischer raps for students attending the African American Read-In in the library.
February 20, 2020

As you walk past business teacher Kelly Kennedy’s door, you’ll see a large painting of an African American woman wearing a crown on her afro hair to show how black is beautiful. To promote Black...

“Let them Know”: ASAP club uses read-in to inform about African American culture

Speaking into the microphone, senior Taylor Fisher reads a poem written by the African American Literature class. Fisher emphasized her cultural pride. “We love our skin, and we love what we do. We’re very powerful,” Fisher said.
February 12, 2020

Eyes glued to senior Taylor Fisher as she reads a poem, students and staff gather in the library. The powerful words of poems written by African Americans echo throughout the room.  The African American...

Improving our celebrations of Black History Month

Listening to her peers at the African American Read-In, senior Kyra Clerk wears red in support of the event. Clerk worked to spread the word verbally about the event. “The only time we really hear about [African American] stuff is in history class, and mainly it's about slavery. We hardly ever hear about accomplishments of African Americans and what we’ve done for the country,” Clerk said.
March 4, 2019

Throughout the hallways, classroom doors are uniquely decorated with tokens of African-American history. Starting early mornings, students listened to their classmates' recitation of African-American poetry...

Celebrating the end of Black History Month

Students involved in AASAP (African American Student Acceleration Program) participate in the field trip for Black History Month. Senior Samantha Morris invited her classmate Libby Dodge to join her to create a more diverse group attendance. “This field trip was an incredible experience. It was something different which made it very memorable, and seeing the pictures and videos at the Griot Museum made it feel so real,” senior Libby Dodge said.
February 26, 2015
To celebrate Black History Month, African American history trivia questions were asked over the announcements, a field trip was held to the GRIOT, the St. Louis Museum of Black History, on Feb. 24 and the 13th annual African American Read In was hosted on Feb. 26.

Love your enemy

During the 13th annual African American Read-In in the West High library, junior Donte Hopkins reads “Love Your Enemy” by Yusef Iman.  Pizza and dessert was served to all student present. “We all have to live together.  In the past there was so much hatred.  The poem is telling everyone not to forgive them for everything they have done, but instead love them.  It represented how we have to keep moving forward and love each other no matter what happens,” Hopkins said.
February 26, 2015

During the 13th annual African American Read-In in the West High library, junior Donte Hopkins reads "Love Your Enemy" by Yusef Iman.  Pizza and dessert was served to all student present. "We all have...

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