GCHS Celebrates Black History Month


Mr. Kendall’s History Through Film class debriefs after watching 42: Jackie Robinson.

Not only is February known for its sweet treats and sweet love on Valentine’s Day, but also Black History Month. This month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

At GCHS, the history department is honoring Black History Month in a variety of ways.

World Civilization teacher Mrs. Shanna Mills stated, “Students found quotes by famous African Americans that they used to make posters. They will be placed around the school.”

“I integrate cultures into my lesson so that they fit into the standards,” Mills continued.  “Last week we learned about how executive orders have expanded and contracted civil rights.”

U.S. history teacher Mrs. Kim Roberts explained that she doesn’t compact Black History into a singular month, “but rather I weave African American History into our US History class. For example, we began the year looking at Reconstruction and the impact it had on African Americans. Last week we examined the impact of the Harlem Renaissance on African Americans as well as the result of the Great Migration north by African Americans and the Chicago Race  riots during the 1920s.”

Mr. James Kendall teaches History Through Film, a unique course at GCHS.

“In our History Through Film class we will be watching Lincoln, Kendall said.  “which deals with the passage of the 13th Amendment. We will be dealing with Glory Road, which is about the first basketball team that played more than two African Americans at a time.”

Kendall’s class will also be  viewing Little Rock 8  and Remember the Titans as a means to discuss segregation.

Currently Kendall’s class is watching 42: Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball player.

“It just shows a lot of what African Americans had to go through in order to succeed,” Kendall explained. “It shows up in the sports, but it was more than sports at the time.”