By Jamie Gilmore, News Writer

Students at Keenan get in the historic spirit as Black History Month began on February 1.

Black history at Keenan is important because Keenan was converted from a predominantly white school, to an integrated school, then a predominantly black school in the 1970’s. Staff and students at Keenan celebrate every ancestor who paved the way for them to be where they are today.

“My grandmother is the most influential African American because she has proved to be resilient, and she’s defied and defeated all of the statistics and stereotypes that a black woman her age has had to face,”  Miss Ashley Bennet, geography teacher, said.

Mr. Vondre T. Whaley, principal, made it very interesting and clear who paved the way for our African American community on the morning announcements. Getting children to understand and have compassion for true black history would be difficult without the teachers at Keenan who made it exciting with every assignment that was assigned.

“When students are able to apply real life to history, they’re more interested, so projects that incorporate black history keep students interested in their black history,” Mrs. Aishia Greene, World History teacher, said.

Misconceptions about Black History Month are set straight daily. Most people don’t understand the importance of black history, most people don’t know that it started off as just a simple week.

“Black history isn’t just from a long time; we still have people alive today who experienced slavery, black history is today, and it’s important we celebrate it every day and not just this month,” Bennet said.

Black History Month at Keenan was at the end of the road but Student Council planned for the last day of February to be “For the Culture”: Everybody in the school was asked to dress in their best black pride apparel. Many Students and teachers participated with numerous dashikis and blank panther shirts.

“For the culture, we showcase the hard work our ancestors have done which paved the way for us to continue succeeding,” Senior Sumicko Howard, Student Body President, said.

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