TF North Students Celebrate Black History MonthFebruary 5, 2015
Thanks to a donation from Paramount Pictures, more than 700 TF North students will go to Lansing Cinema 8 to see the film Selma on Thursday, February 5th. This educational field trip is one of the many activities coinciding with the school's Black History Month celebrations.
According to TF North activity director Laura Cook, the school will also host "Lunch and Learns" throughout the month of February. During these lunches, students will view the highly acclaimed documentary series Eyes on the Prize and participate in discussions that reflect on the significance of Black History month.
Principal Dr. Dwayne Evans pointed out that the school, which has become increasingly diverse over the years, works diligently throughout the year to recognize the contributions of all Americans.
TF North will also host a Black History Month-themed assembly, talent show, and diversity luncheon later this month. The talent show, called "Putting on the Hits", is open to the public and will be held on Friday, February 20th at 7:00 pm in the school's auditorium.
Superintendent Dr. Creg E. Williams acknowledged the importance of hosting a variety of events that promote awareness of and commemorate the accomplishments of influential and lesser-known African-Americans. Williams emphasized the significance of these events in an age when many people are unaware of the impact of African-Americans on American history. Williams quipped, "Black history is American history. It is important to host these events so that history is not forgotten."
Illinois is one of three states in the nation that established Amistad Commissions, committees tasked with working with the Illinois State Board of Education to incorporate African-American history in social studies curricula.