“Black History is American History”: Black History Month 2019

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“Black History is American History”: Black History Month 2019

Jessica Raya, Author

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During the month of February, Spring Mills High School students celebrated Black History Month with a door decorating contest.    

Mrs. Coales’ geography class got so into the spirit that they decorated outside of their room during their free time in fifth period, showing their appreciation towards African American role models from the past.   

“Our door represents one of the men in the famous sit-ins during the Civil Rights movement,” said SMHS senior Catalina Lemus.  

The door displays a painting of the back of an African American man sitting on a stool at a diner. This is referring to the sit-ins that began in February of 1960. In Greensboro, North Carolina when four college students walked into a Woolworth’s general store and sat down at the lunch counter inside until they were served.   

The owner of the Woolworth’s called the police to have the men removed. When the police arrived, they couldn’t take action because the men were paying customers and were not doing anything wrong. 

The four men continued to go to the diner every day until they were served. They even brought several more college students to protest with them. Eventually, there were protestors spilling outside of the store and covering the sidewalks.  

Those college students were being treated terribly throughout the whole protest. Food was thrown at them and people screamed at them for hours. These innocent people were treated terribly all because of the color of their skin.  

Six months later, Woolworth’s general store was integrated and started serving people of all colors. 

Another class competing was Ms. Sizemore’s fifth period art class. At the end of the contest, her students were the winners and their prize was a Chick-fil-a lunch.

The contest winning wall represented three well known artists and musicians that are African Americans. The first person was Billie Holiday, she was an American jazz singer who sang for thirty years. Holiday had a big influence on jazz music and pop singing. The second musician was Louis Armstrong. He was a trumpeter, composer, and vocalist as well as the occasional actor. Armstrong’s career lasted from the 1920s to the 1960s, but his music is still widely known even today. The final person illustrated was Jimi Hendrix, a famous rock guitarist, singer, and song writer. Hendrix’s career only lasted about four years, but he is known to be one of the most influential musicians of all time.

“Decorating our door took a lot of time and work, but it was definitely worth it to show appreciation towards the African American heroes of the past,” said senior Sierra Anders.

Ms. Sizemore’s fifth period Black History Month Wall