The month of February is Black History Month, where we celebrate the culture and accomplishments of African Americans. Black History Month was first celebrated in 1970, and first officially recognized in 1976 by President Gerald Ford.
At New West, Ms. Schlee’s class researched African Americans who had profound impacts on the field of science, mathematics, art, music, and politics, as well as society and the world as a whole. Some of these individuals include Michelle Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mae Jemison, Maya Angelou, Frederick Douglass, and Katherine G. Johnson. Ms. Schlee’s students created posters for the people they researched which are now displayed in the hallway outside her classroom. This display is a tribute to the contributions of African Americans, the most important of which is forcing America to reshape its morals to work toward becoming a place where we are all truly equal.
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.