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Students Celebrate Black History Month

03.08.2017

Black History Month at Martha’s Table was an opportunity for our Healthy Start students to celebrate culture and learn about the foundational role that African Americans have played in our country’s history.

Throughout the month of February, our students focused on social change. After learning about heroes of the Civil Rights Movement who successfully advocated for equality and opportunity, our Out-of-School Time (OST) students created their own pieces of Protest Art, and presented their works to parents, staff, and volunteers. Jessica (pictured above) created a powerful diorama depicting the struggles faced by our neighbors without secure housing.

Our first and second grade OST students created a dream quilt, with each student writing and illustrating their dreams for the future in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One student dreams of a future where all people show love for each other, interact peacefully, and keep calm in the face of adversity.

We concluded the month’s lessons with a celebration of everything that our students learned. Working in groups, they gave presentations about famous African American inventors, change-makers, and the different eras of Black History.

At Martha’s Table, the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity are at the center of everything we do. The goal of our work is to demonstrate to our students that their voices matter, and to encourage them to make themselves heard on the issues they care about. Join us as we help elevate their voices, and work toward a brighter future for all.

Watch our community recite Langston Hughes’s seminal poem “I, Too” here.