While celebrating these heroes is part of every day in Crescent City Schools, there is an increase in intentional activities and celebrations highlighting black history, black accomplishments, and black challenges, during Black History Month.
One of the many ways young scholars at Tubman celebrated black history month was by focusing on “Read & Know” learning units where they read books and discussed individuals such as Harriet Tubman and L.B. Landry. They worked together to create posters about what they learned, they decorated their doorways, and they shared time with successful African-Americans from the community.
Akili staff members walked in the footsteps of Ruby Bridges and toured their building together to admire the door decorations and reflect on the powerful messages of why they strive for excellence and equity. Later, teachers took their individual classes around the school to look at the doors and celebrate the black men and women who have paved the way for them. They concluded their month-long celebrations with an engaging, interactive career expo featuring influential African-Americans from New Orleans.
Habans hallways and classrooms resonated with powerful messages and teaching units. Celebrating the theme of “Black Excellence,” they culminated the month with their annual Black History Month evening performance. The school-wide event highlighted the many talents of Habans scholars including musical performances, drumline, and a living museum where scholars were in-character as famous historical figures. It was a great night to celebrate students and community.