Landmark Celebrates Black History Month
Teachers on both the Elementary•Middle and High School campuses are celebrating Black History Month by incorporating lessons on a variety of perspectives of Black history in America into their curriculum.
At the High School, administrators have asked faculty members to spend several days in February discussing events, concepts, or leaders connected to Black history. They will connect the lessons learned, obstacles faced, losses suffered, or victories celebrated to the world students are currently living in.
"The similarities can be disheartening, but we can also help students feel empowered to develop their own point of view and learn how to effectively participate in our democracy," said Ariel Martin-Cone, assistant dean of students.
Landmark's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee provided students an explanation of Black History Month:
"Black History Month is an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the contributions and struggles of Black people throughout the history of the United States. Its existence acknowledges the erasure of Black stories in mainstream understandings of American history. Black History Month pushes us to reeducate ourselves on our past and to reexamine our present and future."
The History Department developed lesson plans for teachers and tutors to use with students during Black History Month. The lessons focus on milestones and leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Librarian Amy Veling curated a list of recommended books, short stories, and other resources for both students and faculty. Titles and links to buy the books are below.
- Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America
- Flying Lessons & Other Stories
- Fresh Ink
- The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys
- Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices
- Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America
At the Elementary•Middle School, teachers are featuring Black History Month content during Morning Meeting and in class. They are showing videos that highlight contemporary or historical figures. Middle School Oral Expression/Literature classes are learning about Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet and activist who delivered her poem, "The Hill We Climb," at the 2021 inauguration of President Joe Biden.