Black History Month Events and Lessons: IDEA Monterrey Park
IDEA campuses across the district are honoring Black History Month in many ways. Our teachers are educating our scholars on the importance of black history in America, and students and staff, alike, are celebrating this important month by holding presentations and assemblies about the contributions and impact of African-Americans throughout history, and currently.
At IDEA Monterrey Park College Preparatory, Principal Curtis Lawrence and staff provided the opportunity for every IDEA Monterrey Park College Prep student to attend San Antonio’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March on January 16, 2017, as a way honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and share a significant black history lesson and experience with students. This march was the largest Martin Luther King, Jr. march in the nation, with approximately 300,000 participants, including families, schools, churches, civic groups, and universities. IDEA students and staff marched alongside community members in a joint commemoration of Dr. King’s Legacy for peace and justice for all.
The march provided an opportunity for several of the scholars and parents at IDEA Monterrey Park College Prep to visit and connect with people and families across San Antonio, united in the cause for a more equal community.
“I believe, as a leader in education, it is important to participate in events that promote racial equality and peace,” said Principal Lawrence. “If we invisibly sit by the sidelines, then a cure for racism and injustice, will not be found, and it’s up to our community to make a difference.”
Additionally, at the academy level, the IDEA Monterrey Park Bears celebrated Black History Month during their Team & Family assembly, a gathering among teachers and students from different grade levels that promotes a positive culture in school. Students performed a song and chant proclaiming their mission to always strive for equality in America. You can check out the inspiring presentation here.
We are excited to see the creative and inspiring ways IDEA campuses continue to honor Black History Month throughout the month of February, and throughout the year. Be sure to stay tuned to IDEA’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we will be documenting the amazing happenings taking place across our campuses to educate, celebrate, and reflect upon black history.