St. Mark honors Black History Month
by Staff Writer
The school asked each teacher to select a famous black American to feature on their classroom door. Some displays are quite complex, while others speak to children as young as 5 years old, a news release said.
Visitors walking through the halls of the kindergarten to eighth-grade school will learn that Oprah Winfrey has passed laws to protect puppies, actor James Earl Jones was the first established celebrity to appear on Sesame Street and anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman had a scar on her head from helping a slave escape at the age of 13, among other facts.
Music classrooms feature prominent musicians, such as Nat King Cole, while the art room features artist David the Potter, an enslaved African American who made stoneware pottery. The athletics department features Wilma Rudolf, the first female Olympic track-and-field competitor to win three gold medals, and the school’s librarian created a floor-to-ceiling display of LeVar Burton, host and executive producer of the children’s program “Reading Rainbow.”