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Black History Month at Park

Park strives for equality
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Ari Lissauer
Student council advisor Kaelyn Dango helps put up pictures for black history month wall Feb.13. Student council is attempting to raise awareness for black history month.

Park has been participating in Black History Month by cultivating traditions to honor Black community members, but Park can do more for Black History Month to make everyone feel more included.

One way that Park celebrates Black History Month is by having a tradition called “door relation commission,” in which students and teachers cover their classroom doors with quotes and photos from influential and famous Black leaders, not only within the community, but in other times and communities. This is important because it can bring awareness to more people and their problems with identity and discrimination from students, teachers, parents and staff. This tradition opens the eyes of a lot of people who just walk by the classroom looking at the door.

Another thing Park is doing is suggesting books from Black authors in the library media center, increasing their visibility in a majority White career path. Promoting Black-authored books contributes to diverse representation in literature, which is necessary for inclusivity and understanding among readers. By promoting Black-created books, the writing community and readership empower Black writers, affirming their voices and experiences. Promoting Black-authored books helps to break down barriers and create more opportunities for readers and for Black writers within the publishing industry.

Some ways Park could improve on how we celebrate Black History Month include organizing events and assemblies to highlight the contributions of Black individuals to history, culture and society. Park should also incorporate Black history and achievements into their curriculum beyond just February. This ensures that Black students see themselves represented in their education year-round. Additionally, providing platforms for Black students to share their own stories and experiences can empower them and foster a sense of belonging within the school community.

In addition to celebrating Black history during Black History Month, Park can further support Black students by hosting workshops or guest speakers to discuss issues relevant to the community, such as racial equity, social justice and systemic racism. Creating affinity groups or clubs specifically for Black students can provide a space for them to connect, share experiences and support one another. Park can also prioritize recruiting and retaining Black staff and faculty members to serve as role models and mentors for Black students. Furthermore, fostering partnerships with local organizations and community leaders committed to uplifting Black youth can offer additional resources and support outside of the school environment.

Park has been trying hard to create an equal school. With a rising diverse population, it won’t get easier. Celebrating black history month at school brings Park one step closer to creating a perfect community.

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Brennan Healy, Echo Staffer
My name is Brennan. I am a sophomore and when I'm not in school I enjoy playing sports. Hanging out with friends. This is my first year on echo and I'm really excited to be apart of this group.
Ari Lissauer, Photo Editor
Hi my name is Ari Lissauer and I'm a junior. This is my third year being on Echo staff and I'm a photo editor. I mostly take pictures but I also write sometimes. Other hobbies of mine are playing sports like hockey, basketball and golfing. I like hanging out with my friends and working out. This year I look forward to meeting new people and taking photos.  

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