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					The following information for Black History Month was shared with the school community on the morning announcements and in the daily bulletin. We are grateful to all those who worked so diligently to gather this information and arrange for it to be presented each day.

Friday, February 3rd (Martin Luther King Junior’s speech was played on the intercom at HPHS) Monday, February 6th (A song entitled “Freedom” from the Concert Choir at Hopewell Baptist Church (Windsor, CT) was played on the intercom at HPHS) Tueday, February 7th (morning announcement)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reaffirmed the American dream that all people are created equal. Born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, he came to national prominence as the leader of the successful 1955-56 bus boycott in Montgomery Alabama. To further the cause, King and other southern black ministers founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957. King's strategy of nonviolence proved effective over and over -drawing support from people outside the black community, including political figures, and culminating in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. King spoke out against racial injustice, the Vietnam War and the plight of the poor, until April 4, 1968, when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. His wife Coretta Scott King and their four children (Yolanda, Martin Luther King III, Dexter, and Bernice) continue to carry on his legacy of courage and high moral leadership.

QUOTATION: (afternoon announcement)
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) Up From Slavery (1901)

Wednesday, February 8th (morning announcement)

The idea of a blood bank was pioneered by Dr. Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950). Dr. Drew was an American medical doctor and surgeon who started the idea of a blood bank and a system for the long term preservation of blood plasma (he found that plasma kept longer than whole blood). His ideas revolutionized the medical profession and saved many, many lives. Dr. Drew set up and operated the blood plasma bank at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, NY. Drew's project was the model for the Red Cross' system of blood banks, of which he became the first director. QUOTATION: (afternoon announcement)
The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to. Marian Wright Edelman ((1939-) The Measure of Our Success (1992)

Thursday, February 9th (morning announcement)

Parks, Rosa Rosa Parks (February 4, 1913 - October 24, 2005) was a pivotal figure in the fight for civil rights. On December 1, 1955, a Montgomery, Alabama, bus driver ordered Mrs. Parks to give up her seat to a white man. When she refused, she was fined and arrested. This incident prompted a city-wide bus boycott, which

eventually resulted in a Supreme Court ruling that segregation on city buses is unconstitutional.

QUOTATION: (afternoon announcement)
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." Ali, Muhammed Boxing Champion (1942-)

Friday, February 10th (morning announcement)

Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928) was an African-American inventor who was a member of Edison's research team, which was called "Edison's Pioneers." Latimer improved the newly-invented incandescent light bulb by inventing a carbon filament (which he patented in 1881). QUOTATION: (afternoon announcement)
You're either part of the solution or part of the problem. (Leroy) Eldridge Cleaver (1935-1998) speech given in San Francisco in 1968

Monday, February 13th (morning announcement)

Colin Powell

(1937- ) Colin Powell became U.S. secretary of state, the first AfricanAmerican to hold that position, in 2001. Prior to his appointment, he was the chairman of America's Promise -- The Alliance for Youth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building the character and competence of young people.

Powell was a soldier for 35 years and rose to the rank of four-star general. He served as assistant to the president for national security affairs and as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest position in the U.S. military, before his retirement in 1993. As chairman, he played a major role in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and in the restructuring of the U.S. military following the end of the Cold War.

QUOTATION: (afternoon announcement)
I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. Michael Jordan (1963-) I Can't Accept Not Trying (1994)

Tuesday, February 14th (morning announcement)

Elijah McCoy (1843 or 1844-1929) was a mechanical engineer and inventor. McCoy's high-quality industrial inventions (especially his steam engine lubricator) were the basis for the expression "the real McCoy," meaning the real, authentic, or high-quality thing.

QUOTATION: (afternoon announcement)
"A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good." Jordan, Barbara Lawyer and U.S. Congressperson (1936-1996)

Wednesday, February 15th (morning announcement)

Chisholm, Shirley

Shirley Chisholm (Nov. 30, 1924 - Jan. 1, 2005) was the first African-American woman elected to the US Congress. Shirley Anita St. Hill was born in Brooklyn, New York. After being a teacher and serving as a New York state assemblywoman, Chisolm was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives. She served in Congress for seven terms, from January 3, 1969, until January 3, 1983. In 1972, Chisholm was the first African-American woman to run for a major-party presidential nomination. During her long political career, she fought for the rights of women and minorities.

QUOTATION: (afternoon announcement)
"You can't sway someone's opinion by argument, you have to do it by example." Cuba Gooding Jr.

Thursday, February 16th (morning announcement)

Garrett Augustus Morgan (March 4, 1877 - August 27, 1963), was an African-American inventor and businessman. He was the first person to patent a traffic signal. He also developed the gas mask (and many other inventions). Morgan used his gas mask (patent No. 1,090,936, 1914) to rescue miners who were trapped underground in a noxious mine. Soon after, Morgan was asked to produce gas masks for the US Army.

QUOTATION: (afternoon announcement)

"No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow." Walker, Alice Writer (1944-)

Friday, February 17th (morning announcement)

Tubman, Harriet Harriet Tubman (1820 - 1913) escaped slavery in Maryland in 1849 and traveled north. She then helped hundreds of other slaves flee to the north to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Mrs. Tubman helped John Brown recruit soldiers for his raid on Harpers Ferry (1859). She spied for the Union (in South Carolina) during the US Civil War. After the war, she lived in Auburn, New York, and founded the Harriet Tubman Home for Aged Negroes. Mrs. Tubman devoted her life to fighting slavery and championing the rights of women.
QUOTATION: (afternoon announcement) "I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people." Rosa Parks

Monday, February 27th (morning announcement)

Marshall, Thurgood Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 - Jan. 24, 1993) was the first AfricanAmerican justice of the US Supreme Court. Marshall was on the team of lawyers in the historic Supreme Court trial concerning school desegregation, Brown v. Board of Education (1954). As a result of this trial, the "separate but equal" doctrine in public education was overthrown. After a successful career as a lawyer and judge fighting for civil rights and women's rights, Marshall was appointed to the high court in 1967 (by President Lyndon Baines Johnson). On the high court, Marshall continued his fight for human rights until he retired on June 27, 1991.

QUOTATION: (afternoon announcement)

Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civilrights activist, producer and director, she continues to travel the world, spreading her legendary wisdom. Within the rhythm of her poetry and elegance of her prose lies Angelou's unique power to help readers of every orientation span the lines of race and Angelou captivates audiences through the vigor and sheer beauty of her words and lyrics.

Excerpt from Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” poem

Still I Rise
You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise.
Tuesday, February 28th (morning announcement)

Bill Russell

shown here with coach Red Auerbach, joined the Boston Celtics in 1957 and went on to lead them to 11 NBA championships in 13 years, earning him the distinction as the greatest winner basketball has ever seen. Russell is also credited with changing the way defense is played on the basketball court, and is considered the greatest defensive center in NBA history. He won five NBA MVP awards, and was a 12time All-Star. In 1966, he made history by becoming the player/coach of the Celtics, making him the first African American coach in professional sports. Russell attended the University of San Francisco on an athletic scholarship and led USF to NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956. He was also a member of the gold medal-winning 1956 U.S. Olympics team in Melbourne. Russell retired in 1969 and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.

William Felton Russell,

QUOTATION: (afternoon announcement) Excerpt from Maya Angelou’s “The Black Family Pledge” poem


BECAUSE we have forgotten our ancestors, our children no longer give us honor. BECAUSE we have lost the path our ancestors cleared kneeling in perilous undergrowth, our children cannot find their way. BECAUSE we have banished the God of our ancestors, our children cannot pray.

Unveiling of the Hattie McDaniel Black Heritage Stamp
Friday, February 10, 2006 9:00 a.m.

The Mark Twain Museum Auditorium

Program Asha Hargrove Presiding Welcome Drumming…………………………………World Music Drumming Welcome…………………………………………………….. Z. Gordon, Ed.D “Lift Every Voice & Sing”………………………………………………..Choir Purpose …………………………………………………………Amara Russaw

Selection, “We’ve Come This Far By Faith”………………..21st Century Choir Solo “Hero”……………………………………………………………… “Siyahamba,” African Freedom Song…………………………………….Choir PowerPoint……………………………………………………Dwayne Samuels Selection, “Kumbaya My Lord”:…………………………….21st Century Choir Unveiling……………………………………………….Mr. William Cournoyer .Acting Postmaster Solo………………………………………………………….Mr. Thomas Faniel Accompanied by Mrs. Ingrid Faniel Acknowledgements Closing

The Black History Month bulletin board is now on display! We would like to thank the many committee members who planned activities for Black History Month. Their efforts help our students to understand the many and diverse accomplishments of our AfricanAmerican citizens. In addition, we would like to thank the following members of our school community for their efforts in organizing the morning announcement information and creating a bulletin board, where the impressive heritage of African-Americans could be seen and enjoyed by our entire school.  Willie Cancel  Norma Cherry  Asha Hargrove  Fran Ionno  Mary King  Shari Lewis  Michael McCausland

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