Teaching Black History...YEESH!
Happy Mardi Gras Family. Today is a day of celebration, friends, family and morning Hand Grenades. Sadly, I'm in my classroom attempting to teach a important part of black history to a bunch of 7th graders. It saddens me because as important as we would like to believe Harlem Renaissance is to the plight of African Americans all over the world, these kids just do not care about this stuff. It begs the question, is their a need for Black History Month anymore. The youth of today aren't necessarily concerned of the sacrifices that our ancestors made to give us the opportunity to express ourselves with our intellectual talents. So maybe its a bit foolish to think that my students would appreciate Langston Hughes, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, the Cotton Club, speakeasies, and the fact that White America, for the first time gravitated towards us for the talents and thoughts that came from our minds due to Blacks working and fighting TOGETHER to be respected on a equal level as everyone else.
Progressing Daily, MCW