In honor of Black History Month, students in Urban Youth Impact’s Leadership Academy have been learning about influential historical figures. While Team Leaders have taken time to recognize the central role of African-Americans throughout history, they have worked hard in altering their curriculum accordingly.
Each class in The Leadership Academy is creating a project and choosing a theme to showcase what they have learned throughout the month of February. The 3rd-grade class is creating a music video that embodies Matthew 5:14 as their theme. “They are focusing on those changing the world one day at a time by letting their light shine.” Ms. Georgia said, the 3rd-grade Team Leader.
The students will have the opportunity to present their project to peers as well as family and friends at an event called, Hidden Figures. Hidden Figures is put on by Team Leaders to celebrate Black History Month highlighting individuals who are actively changing the world. The intention is to empower students to recognize no matter how young they are they can make an impact, big or small.
Black History month was birthed from an organization known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founded by the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland.
According to History.com, in 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month. Ford stated, “Seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Every U.S. president since then has officially designated February as Black History Month.
Urban Youth Impact invites you to join as we celebrate those who have changed the world and those presently making an impact. Hidden Figures will be held next Thursday, March 7th at 5:45 PM in the Life Center. All are welcome!