Black History Month

Schools across Loudoun County will commemorate Black History Month in a myriad of ways.  Here are some highlights of the observance:

Dominion High School will kick off Black History Month with an assembly. Step Afrika! is a dance company dedicated to the African-American tradition of stepping.  This non-profit organization will present a program on a dance style that is the fusion of South African gumboot dance and African-American stepping.

Smart’s Mill Middle School will host a group of local leaders as guest speakers on Friday, February 22nd.  Chair of the Board of Supervisors Phyllis Randall, Supervisor Koran Saines and Loudoun NAACP member Tanja Thompson are slated to deliver remarks.

Ball’s Bluff Elementary will focus on collaboration during Black History Month. Its students will research famous African Americans and create collaborative murals of these leaders. This activity will teach the lesson that every piece of the puzzle is important and every child matters.

The music group Souled Out is always a popular feature of Black History Month in our schools. Souled Out will perform at Blue Ridge Middle School, Harmony Middle School and John Champe High School.

Fifth-graders at Goshen Post Elementary will complete a project-based learning (PBL) activity to become leaders of their own community to honor the traits and success skills exemplified by African Americans. Students will reflect on the Goshen Post PBIS traits of respect, responsibility and resilience and inform their peers of leaders who have these traits through a timeline and news show presentation. 

Trailside Middle School will commemorate the occasion with two guest speakers.  Ronnie Sidney, author and founder of Healing Through Words, will speak to groups of students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, February 4th.  Former LCPS Outreach Supervisor Wendall Fisher also will address the students.

Broad Run High School will host its 5th annual African American Read-In on Monday, February 11th, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.  Camisha Jones, author of “Flare:  A Book of Poetry,” will be the keynote speaker.  Jones’ remarks will be followed by an open mic night that will feature prose, poetry and music.

At Rock Ridge High School, an exhibit entitled “RISE to Our History: Celebrating the contributions of African Americans in Education” will fill the halls with images and write-ups of African Americans and their contributions in subject areas such as math, science and English.

Eighth grade students at Eagle Ridge Middle School will be creating a bulletin board with the theme of “The Heart of Black History."  The students will research eight to 10 facts about a notable African American with the “Who is this?” format.  They will give the facts on one side of a heart and then the answer will be under a flip-up. 

Students from Lincoln Elementary traveled to the Weinberg Theatre in Frederick to see the play, “Freedom Train.”  “Freedom Train” depicts the life of Harriet Tubman and her involvement in the Underground Railroad.

Seneca Ridge Middle School conducted its first-ever multicultural night.