Throughout the month of February, Parkdale’s Student Government Association, with the help of English and SGA teacher Mr. Adams, organized events in celebration and recognition of African American culture and history for Black History Month.
For each week of the month, there were designated themes of activities, open to both teachers and students.
Teachers and students participated in a Door Decorating Contest from February 1st to the 9th, where they utilized elements of their classroom content and connected it to Black history. Many teachers, like English and journalism teacher Ms. Guevara, implemented historic black figures who were relevant to their content. On Ms. Guevara’s wall were the last names black writers and poets, such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and James Baldwin.
Physics teacher Ms. Powe, one of the teachers who proudly participated in the contest, claimed “I felt proud that I had singular accomplishments to contribute to my students’ concepts and future goals.”
On February 14, There was also a Black Contemporary Issues Panel Discussion (“The Talk”) held in the library during first, second and fourth period. This discussion focused on a variety of topics pertinent to the black community, such as community/ policing, drug/ alcohol abuse, violence, and gender relations. Speakers for this event included Officer Washington, Pastor Mike, and representatives from the Safe and Drug Free Schools.
The events planned for Black History Month were strategically structured, not just for African Americans, but all sects that follow like Afro Asian, Caribbean, and Afro-Latino. To ensure the students and teachers who identify with these backgrounds were represented, there were announcements made each week that announced “Black Facts” about education, arts, entertainment, sports, etc pertaining to all the spectrums of black people.
Although the month of February may seem to go by quickly, Parkdale SGA made it a point to remind students and staff to time out of everyday busy lives, filled with writing papers, taking standardized tests, and grading homework, to decompress and learn about the past.
As once said by Susan L. Taylor, “Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.” Reflecting on this quote, as the new generation we should be proud of where we come from and believe that we could pave the way for our own future.