Our Sacred Heart community embarked on a learning experience like no other as we celebrated Black History Month and the continued contributions of African Americans all month long.
The Lower School's bulletin board featured a biography for a new African American woman every day. Students spent time learning about these influential women and the impact their contributions had in the areas of STEM, the arts, medical advancement, historical leadership, social justice and much more.
In their Digital Literacy classes, both the Lower School and Middle School students worked on a STEM project to research and build their very own monument for an African American historical figure of their choice.
The Middle School fun didn't stop there! Students continued with their "Through the Decades" project where every group selected a decade from the past, developed a theme of their choice, and researched African American historical figures and contribution from that era. Each grade in the Middle School also enjoyed a field trip to the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
There were plenty of BHM activities for the Upper School as well. The Black Student Union (BSU) hosted many community time and advisory activities for students, including the chance to explore an actual Green Book and its significance to the Civil Rights era of American history. Students also participated in a webinar with Matthew A. Cherry, the Oscar Award winning author and director of the children's book and short film Hair Love.
A series of Black History Month lectures were given by faculty members who shared interesting facts about African American contributions within their concentration.
- Ms. Gunther: "The Saintly Six: Black Catholics on the Road to Canonization"
- Mrs. Schuster: "My Body is a Masterpiece: Three Black Poets Celebrate the Beauty of the Body"
- Mrs. Sasso: "Zora Neale Hurston and the Curious Case of Haitian Zombies”
- Ms. Hedstrom: “Hip Hop History’
- Mrs. Tredinnick: “Black in Space”
- Ms. Weber: "The Meaning of Freedom: Fugitive Slave Trials and Independence Hall"
- Ms. Cryor: “Integration at Manhattanville College”
- Dr. Saraco: “How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America” Book Preview
Members of the Upper School BSU, along with family members, spent Presidents' Weekend in Washington, DC, and toured the Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture.
Another highlight of the month was a presentation by Ms. Altevese Rosario P'16 on "Descendants of the Clotilda," the last known slave ship to bring captives from Africa to the United States. Ms. Rosario is the month of SHA's DEI Coordinator Marian Rosario '16. Both women are direct descendants of a slave transported on the ship. read more >
Finally, the BSU wrapped up the month of celebration with a Black History Month assembly on the "History and Cultural Impact of HBCU's and The Divine Nine."
Thank you to all the students, families and special guests who spent time celebrating Black History Month with the SHA community!