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Celebrating Black History

No wax figures emerged on the Elmcrest campus this past month, but a “living museum” was brought to life by 30 children in residence and four in a community based program. To celebrate Black History Month, the students in the campus school were challenged to choose and research information on a black person in history, or one famously alive today. They then were charged with dressing similarly and adopting the mannerisms of the hero they chose.

In a virtual assembly, everyone was treated to a video of these “celebrities.” Each actor described the careers or activities of their chosen personality, and portrayed them in costumes, with props, and in actions. Famous faces shared the screen with lesser-known characters, all representing outstanding achievements.

Viewers were introduced to African Americans who were at the top of their fields in a variety of careers: Vic Moore, four-time world karate champ; Andy Jefferson, first to race a Supercross main event; Allyson Felix, Olympic and world Champion track and field sprinter. Rosa Parks, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali, and many other powerful images were presented as well. The children described why they were inspired by them - their persistence, their confidence, ability to overcome challenges and how they wrote their own destiny.

Amid many others of fame was Amanda Gorman, who delivered a stunning reading of her poem, The Hill We Climb, at President Biden’s inaugural. Also featured was Ruby Bridges, whose likeness was immortalized in a famous Norman Rockwell painting. Ruby was six in 1960 when she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South.

Black History Month activities ended with this inspiring video of men and women of color who overcame enormous challenges and rose to success. The boys and girls celebrated heroes who reinforce the values and skills they are being taught at Elmcrest.