Black History Month at BSM
Throughout the month of February, BSM will facilitate a number of events and activities to celebrate Black History Month and honor and acknowledge the innumerable and important contributions of Black Americans to U.S. history and culture.
This month is also an opportunity for students to pay tribute to the generations of Black Americans who have fought through prejudice and adversity to pursue their dreams.
SPEAKERS, VIDEOS, AND DISCUSSION
To kick-off Black History Month, Elec Simon will make a special virtual visit during homeroom on Monday, Feb. 1 with a message of respect and unity.
Each following Monday throughout February, students will start their week by watching a different video that focuses on Black history. Topics include:
- History of the drum: Featuring Umoja Drumline from Central High School in St. Paul
- History of African dance: Featuring Total Knock Out (TKO) Drill Team
- Speeches focusing on Black history performed by our own BSM speech team
Each video will be followed up with an opportunity for class discussion.
Banners and posters celebrating the vast and incredible accomplishments of Black American authors, musicians, civil rights leaders, etc. will be prominently placed throughout campus during the month of February. Posters will feature different people each week.
MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PRAYERS
Regular morning announcements will feature prayers and other sentiments written by Black ministers and authors.
BSM faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in a special art contest to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans. Artists may submit pieces in any medium of their choice (i.e. paint, drawings, photography, clay, etc.), and will be required to include a brief written explanation of their work.
Entries will be placed throughout the halls of BSM the last week of February.
ADDITIONAL LEARNING RESOURCES
Students will also receive a wide-ranging list of local and National resources and websites to encourage individual study of Black history.