At the beginning of February, Windward held two community meetings to recognize Black History Month. Manhattan Lower School and Westchester Lower School joined together for a community meeting on February 4, led by DEIB Campus Advisors Danielle Ngo and Kayla Morales. The Manhattan Middle School and Westchester Middle School community meeting took place on February 11, and it featured Student Council speakers and guidance from DEIB Campus Advisors Karen Jimenez and Tanya Ehrlich.
During their meeting, the lower school students learned about the origins of Black History Month, including how founder Carter G. Woodson initially established the celebration in 1926 as a week-long event during the second week of February. Ms. Ngo and Ms. Morales introduced the stories of notable African American figures during the presentation, and they concluded by discussing ways the students could support Black History Month throughout February.
Additionally, lower school students learned about more African Americans throughout history during their homeroom morning announcements and through curated books selected by the librarians for Read Aloud.
Middle school members of Student Council kicked off the meeting by presenting their Black History Month slideshow to their peers. The middle schoolers shared similar information to what was included in the lower school community meeting; in addition, they shared knowledge about the NAACP and Howard University, a historically Black university. The students were pleased to encourage their peers about ideas on how to celebrate Black History Month, including but not limited to supporting Black-owned businesses and reading books by Black authors.
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