Schools across Loudoun County will commemorate Black History Month in a variety of ways. Here are a few of the highlights of the observance:
Dominion High School will kick off Black History Month with an assembly. Step Afrika! is a dance company dedicated to the African-American tradition of stepping. This nonprofit organization will present a program on a dance style that is the fusion of South African gumboot dance and African-American stepping.
Smart’s Mill Middle School will host a group of local leaders as guest speakers on Friday, Feb. 22. Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), Supervisor Koran Saines (D-Sterling), and Loudoun NAACP member Tanja Thompson are slated to deliver remarks.
Ball’s Bluff Elementary will focus on collaboration during Black History Month. Its students will research famous African-Americans and create collaborative murals of these leaders. This activity will teach the lesson that every piece of the puzzle is important and every child matters.
The music group Souled Out will perform at Blue Ridge Middle School, Harmony Middle School and John Champe High School.
Fifth-graders at Goshen Post Elementary will complete a project-based learning activity to become leaders of their own community to honor the traits exemplified by black men and women who exemplified respect, responsibility and resilience. Students will demonstrate these traits through a timeline and news show presentation.
Trailside Middle School commemorated the occasion with two guest speakers on Monday: Ronnie Sidney, author and founder of Healing Through Words, and Wendall Fisher, Loudoun County Public Schools’ former outreach supervisor.
Broad Run High School will host its fifth annual African American Read-In on Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Camisha Jones, author of “Flare: A Book of Poetry,” will be the keynote speaker. Jones’ remarks will be followed by an open mic night that will feature prose, poetry and music.
At Rock Ridge High School, an exhibit called “RISE to Our History: Celebrating the contributions of African Americans in Education,” will fill the school halls with images and write-ups about black Americans’ contributions in subject areas such as math, science and English.
Eighth-grade students at Eagle Ridge Middle School will be creating a bulletin board with the theme of “The Heart of Black History.” The students will research facts about a notable black American with the “Who is this?” format. They will give the facts on one side of a heart and then the answer will be under a flip-up.
Students from Lincoln Elementary traveled to the Weinberg Theatre in Frederick to see the play, “Freedom Train.” “Freedom Train” depicts the life of Harriet Tubman and her involvement in the Underground Railroad.