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Celebrating Black History Month

February 23, 2017

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of the achievements of black Americans and their central role in U.S. history. It is celebrated every year at Mission Dolores Academy with an array of interesting activities taking place across all grades throughout the month of February. Here are some highlights from our school’s observance of this important celebration:

Hidden Figures

On February 16th our Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades enjoyed a trip to the movies to enjoy one of this year’s most important movies relating to black history - Hidden Figures. The movie which tells the fascinating story of black women Mathematicians working at NASA during the space race in the 1960’s. The inspirational movie is a testimony to the contribution of these black women during one of the greatest scientific operations in U.S. history, and how they broke racial, gender and professional boundaries. The movie also leads MDA into Women’s History Month in March.

A Man Named King

An important part of the curriculum at MDA is our religious education program. Each week the whole school attends Mass at Mission Dolores Basilica led by our beloved Pastor Father Charlie. This week’s Mass focused on friendship and forgiveness, and prayers were made for the end of racial prejudice and for those displaced from their home countries. Mass ended with a wonderful performance from our Kindergarten students of “A Man Named King” as a tribute to the late Martin Luther King Jr. Click here for the video! 

Third Grade Poster Presentations

On February 22 our Third Grade students presented posters to their schoolmates, parents and teachers on admired black Americans throughout history. For their presentations each student chose a historical figure and was responsible for researching their biographies and summarizing for their posters. Our students chose to learn about famous individuals such as Rosa Parks, Bessie Coleman, Oprah Winfrey, Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Shirley Ann Jackson, Neil deGrasse Tyson and many others. Thank you Third Grade for a great presentation!

 

American Heroes Wax Museum

Our Second Grade learned about the fight to end race and gender discrimination through their American Heroes Wax Museum presentations on February 24. They each dressed up and presented themselves as individuals who have fought for equality both past and present. Each student was frozen like a wax figure and visiting participants pressed a button to bring them to life! 


We had the pleasure of meeting Barrack Obama, Jane Goodall, Tomas Rivera, Ruby Bridges, Susan B. Anthony (pictured above), Frederick Douglas, Sacagawea, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., and Cesar Chavez and many others. Great job, Second Grade!

 

Black History Month Music Performance

Wow! What a concert! On Friday March 3rd our whole school gathered in our auditorium for our Black History Month Music Performance. Each class performed a different song which reflected songs sung during times of discrimination against African-Americans, or now sung in tribute to those times, or to those who led the fight for equal rights. 

Highlights of the performance included drumming from Seventh and Eighth Grades, a reading of Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a Dream" speech, wonderful and unique performances from all grades, and a whole school finale! For more pictures and video click here

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