Celebrating Black History Month

The Social Justice Club has been planning events throughout February in celebration of Black History Month. Senior Annesther Prezeau commented, “It’s important that we’re recognized and this history of us and what our people have gone through is recognized as well. It’s also important we do it at school so that the other kids who are not black can understand the significance of African Americans and what they have contributed to society in America.”
Every two days of each week will celebrate something new regarding black culture. Kicking off the month was a day for both cohorts to wear black in solidarity and support for the Black Lives Matter movement. February 4th and 5th are for students to show off their cultures through clothing and hairstyles.
The following week starts with Black Musician Day on the eighth and ninth. February 11th and 12th will be red, green, and black day. These days give students the chance to embody the colors symbolizing the Pan African flag, which in itself represents black freedom.
Coming back from February vacation will be Black Literature day, and the following Thursday and Friday will be blue and white day. This aims to reflect the unity of all students and staff within HMHS. Throughout the month, various videos, music, and TV episodes will be played during lunch, and announcements will be made highlighting the importance of each spirit day.
Mrs. McCann, who set the month’s activities in place, says, “It is so important for both students and staff to celebrate Black history. The accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans are so often overshadowed or whitewashed out of history, that taking the time to celebrate this month has great meaning. We are making a statement that our Black students have value and uplifting them.”
“I’m most excited for the showcase culture day because of the emphasis on the importance of hair in black culture and it gives me hope that some light can be shed on that,” says Annesther. “I’m excited that we’re celebrating it more this year, as the other years I’ve attended school here, I felt like people didn’t see it as something of great importance and I feel like this year we’re finally recognizing the significance of Black History Month.”
Another student, Trinity Yetman shares her thoughts. “This month is all about showcasing and appreciating the importance of black figures who paved the way and created major breakthroughs all across the board. It’s crucial to celebrate these people because oftentimes black kids are left feeling unworthy, unimportant, and overlooked. Black students need to know that they are seen, appreciated, and valued within the school.” She adds that she is most excited for culture day. “It takes time and effort to learn how to appreciate and love your hair and this day is really important to allow kids to feel safe in doing so in such a public way.”