PS 346’s 1st Virtual Black History Celebration

By: Pamela Stern

On Friday, February 26th, Abe Stark Primary School (PS) 346 held their first virtual Black History Celebration called The African Experience. All students from 3K through 5th grade participated in this presentation.

This year’s theme was influential African Americans from 1900-present day. Each child researched, a specific influential Black American of their choice. They presented their fact-findings, dressed as the person or recited portions of famous speeches.

Some of the presentations were of:
• Ruby Bridges
• Misty Copeland
• Dr. Mae Jemison
• Jackie Robinson
• Rosa Parks
• Nelson Mandela
• Kamala Harris
• Barack Obama
• Michelle Obama
• Koby Bryant
• Jennifer Hudson
• Shirley Chisholm

Each grade level’s rendition was different, some students made drawings of the person that they chose, while others made dolls of their choice. The fourth and fifth graders visited two virtual museums that featured Jazz, Blues, R & B and pop musicians. After visiting these virtual museums the students were tasked with creating a commemorative coin or stamp featuring a musician who they found to be an important icon in music.
Those selected were:
• Michael Jackson
• Aretha Franklin
• Stevie Wonder
• Billie Holiday
• Chuck Berry
• Miles Davis

“Black History is American History; the achievement of Black Americans should be celebrated all year-round,” said Principal Edwards.

This video presentation was edited by Ms. Karleen Baumann, who is a second grade teacher at PS 346.

Screenshots by: Pamela Stern