The Early Childhood Learning Center students were busy recently as they distilled what they’ve learned about Black History over the past year into a number of displays that they’ve crafted for The J lobby. The exhibit will remain in the lobby through this week.
The kids’ spotlights range from author and illustrator Donald Crews, astronaut Mae Carol Jemison, and guitar inventor Robert Fleming Jr. to civil rights icons Rosa Parks and MLK, portrait artist Kehinde Wiley, and ice-cream scoop inventor Alfred Cralle. You’ll also find displays about music (from jazz to L.L. Cool J), Kente cloth, and traffic-signal inventor Garrett Augustus Morgan Sr.
“The Teachers ensured their Black History lessons covered objectives in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, cognition, and the arts,” which is in sync with the ECLC curriculum, explains Teisha Lewis, curriculum specialist at the ECLC. “And our students have been learning about Black History throughout the year — not just for the month of February,” she adds.
Did the displays meet Teisha’s expectations? “I cried when I saw the completed projects,” she says.
Make sure to give yourself a few extra minutes next time you’re in the lobby — we bet you’ll learn a thing or two.