Black History Month teams with activities, presentations, panels, and discussions to create awareness and recognize Black and other Americans of African descent’s contributions to society. One such project in Upper School, created by the Black Student Association (BSA), used QR codes to engage students in learning about history through media. Known as The Black Pioneer’s Guide, the QR code adventure celebrated lesser-known African-Americans who are often left out of history books but affected critical societal changes. Students were invited to scan codes placed around campus to learn more about these notable figures, such as; research chemist Percy Julian, who was the first African-American to receive a doctorate in chemistry; and Barbara Jordan, the first Southern African-American woman since Reconstruction elected to the Senate. “In illuminating Black voices, we are trying to reach Goal IV” BSA member Isi Irene ’22 said, “and gain a sense of community with everyone in the school by validating people in our community.”
Kennedy Carroll ’22 describes the mission of the BSA to “focus on educating our community to gain social awareness.” Through honoring Black History Month and underrepresented voices in the community, “we can work towards the bigger picture, being a more inclusive and diverse community,” she said. Learning about Black History increases students’ empathy and sensitivity towards others. Students can use what they learn to relate to one another and understand what each other values.
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