Grandparent shares story in celebration of Black History Month

Published 11:00 am Saturday, February 29, 2020

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The month of February is set aside in the United States to celebrate achievements by African Americans and their central role in U.S. history.

In celebration of Black History Month, Fuqua lower and middle school classrooms decorated their doors to honor a famous African American in American history and/or culture. From Jackie Robinson to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Mae Jemison, the doors truly showcased some amazing people from the past and present.

“Decorating our classroom doors in honor of Black History Month is just one of the many ways in which our teachers and students are collectively learning, teaching and celebrating the achievements, contributions, challenges and triumphs of African Americans throughout American history,” Dara Tucker, LS/MS head said.

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Additionally, Fuqua families have also visited Fuqua classrooms to share and read books to the students on historic African Americans. Edith Crawley, a Fuqua grandparent, shared her story of meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore.

“Highlighting the achievements of historically underrepresented communities in our country, our state and our town reveals the full humanity, compassion and significant accomplishments that have brought us to our present condition. This whole truth and an understanding on the part of our children that we succeed and fail together is what we will rely on as we continue to learn from our mistakes and create a better future for everyone,” John Melton, head of school, said.