Did you know that February is Black History Month? In honor of this, the 5th grade librarians made an exhibit on the bookshelves downstairs to educate people about black history. Black History Month is meant to teach people about the contributions of the black community in America. The display made by the 5th graders is meant to help further this goal of educating people so that they can appreciate the contributions others have made to society, without excluding anyone. Not too long ago, black Americans were segregated from white Americans in the South and were not given as many opportunities as white people, so accomplishing the same goals was more challenging. However, in the 1960s, the Civil Rights movement succeeded in granting equal rights for black people, and in 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month. He did this with the intent for Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
The display tells a little bit about the life of some famous black Americans, such as Michael Jordan, who is considered the best basketball player of all time. Another person featured in the display is Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space. Another person you may not have heard of, but is still featured in the display, is Carl Brashear, who was the first black person to become a Navy Master Driver despite being an amputee. In order to create this exhibit, the 5th graders had to select and read a library book in order to make sure that all the information was true. Jacob, a 5th grader who worked on this project, told the School News, “I read Barack. I learned that even if you have a tough life, you can still have a big impact on the world.” Not only did they learn life lessons such as that, but they also learned how to create displays properly, which could be useful when they need to tell a group of people something when they are not there. The next time you walk in the school, make sure to check out the students’ display in the library!