At SKTCS, Black History is not something relegated only to the month of February. Our students are familiar with our namesake and her history. Susie King Taylor was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences. She was also the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.
During the Civil War, Taylor worked along side members of the 33rd Regiment United States Colored Troops as a nurse, laundress, teacher, and so much more. Many times she was told her service was invaluable. Towards the end of her memoir, which was published in 1902, Taylor has a chapter titled "Thoughts on Present Conditions". There she asks...
"Was the war in vain?"
"They say, 'One flag, one nation, one country indivisible.' Is this true?"
These questions are still gaining traction today in 2021, making it all the more important that we teach our students the importance of social justice. Not just in February, but throughout each school year.
In celebration of Black History Month, teachers here at SKTCS have featured Black History topics in their lesson plans. Lower grades celebrated Black History Month by choosing a person of influence to feature in writing reports. They dressed as their selected person and recorded video presentations on why their person was influential. Higher grades did full presentation on their selected individual or topic, writing reports and adding multimedia components that included posters and videos.
This video is from our Kindergarteners, featuring a message inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
One of our 6th grade students created this video featuring author Alice Walker.
Two of our 7th grade students choreographed this beautiful dance tribute.