Throughout the month of February, the Xaverian community participated in various lessons, events, and prayer in honor of Black History Month. Here's just a peek inside our Clipper Classrooms...
Eighth-grade history students curated a museum exhibit featuring artifacts from the Harlem Renaissance. They spent time researching and choosing their artifacts and composing accompanying plaques for the exhibit. The project culminated with a virtual gallery walk to learn about the cultural impact of black musicians, artists, and writers of the Roaring '20s.
Campus Ministry helped the Xaverian community celebrate Black History Month with many of our morning prayers dedicated to and inspired by black spiritual leaders, civil rights activists, and African saints. Through prayers focused on St. Augustine, the Venerable Pierre Toussaint, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Howard Thurman, and more, we were reminded of the great contributions of the black community in our society.
Students in Mr. Schmidt’s English classes celebrated Black History Month from a literary perspective. After analyzing Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “We Wear the Mask” as a class for literary elements that contributed to the themes of slavery, abuse, and strength, students used the school’s databases to research an African American poet, speaker, or author of their choice. Once students became familiar with an author, they wrote analysis pieces about how their writings were inspired by their lives and how they used different literary devices to convey their important messages!