Fort Bend ISD celebrates Black History Month

FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre joined students and staff at Quail Valley Elementary School at their Black History Month tribute. He is shown with (front row, from left) students Dan Tran, Amayla Wilson, Braden Davis, Uzair Ahmed; and (back row) student Kennedy Arnold, fourth-grade teachers Ramesha Haskins and Tawanna Evans and student Matthew Thompson.

FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre joined students and staff at Quail Valley Elementary School at their Black History Month tribute. He is shown with (front row, from left) students Dan Tran, Amayla Wilson, Braden Davis, Uzair Ahmed; and (back row) student Kennedy Arnold, fourth-grade teachers Ramesha Haskins and Tawanna Evans and student Matthew Thompson.

Fort Bend ISD celebrated Black History Month by recognizing the rich culture, accomplishments and contributions of African Americans in all aspects of life. From inventor Garret Morgan to civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to professional athletes Venus and Serena Williams and U.S. President Barack Obama, African Americans have left a lasting impression on society and we are proud to honor those who came before us and those who are destined to lead us through future journeys.

In observance of Black History Month, FBISD campuses hosted cultural programs and theatrical performances, prepared informative displays and sponsored various other activities for students, staff and the community to enjoy throughout the month.

M.R. Wood Education Center’s Counseling Department joined the Social Skills and Career and Technical Education teachers in hosting a College and Career Week honoring Black History Month and African American innovators. Students welcomed guest speakers – representing area businesses, colleges and universities such as M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Southern University, the Texas Workforce Commission, Houston Community College, FBISD’s Police Department and the U.S. Marine Corps – who offered college readiness advice and spoke of their experiences in the workforce. The Center also presented wall art and poster displays of prominent African Americans, as well as historical artifacts marking the opening of the original M.R. Wood School that served African American students in grades 1-12 in the 1940s.

At Marshall High School, Librarian Yvonne Jackson and Library Assistant Lekecha Johnson prepared book displays and wall art “Honoring Unsung Heroes” such as Fannie Lou Hamer, Julian Bond, Ida B. Wells and the school’s namesake, Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice. They also presented Black History Month quotes during the morning announcements and sponsored a Game Day featuring various educational games, including a trivia bingo. The library staff also collaborated with classroom teachers to promote other educational activities and events for students.

Quail Valley Elementary School’s Unity in Diversity Committee presented a Black History Tribute, “Because of Them We Can…” to honor African Americans who have helped form our country’s history, culture and tradition. The tribute featured Mistress of Ceremony Kennedy Arnold, Master of Ceremony Matthew Thompson, and student performers Amayla Wilson (praise dance honoring Dancer/Choreographer Debbie Allen), Dan Tran (piano presentation in tribute of entertainer Stevie Wonder), Braden Davis (as Civil Rights Activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) and Uzair Ahmed (as President Barack Obama). The school’s Honor Choir also performed and led the audience in a sing-a-long of “We Shall Overcome.”

At Blue Ridge Elementary School, students and staff held a Black History Month door decorating contest. Many of the doors featured student-produced artwork, inspirational quotes, creative graphic designs and photos of African American icons representing the entertainment, athletic, political, medical and other professions.

Students, staff and guests at Bowie Middle School visited the school’s Black History Month Museum during the school’s annual Curriculum Night. The museum featured exhibits of student work, videos, augmented reality freedom stories for guests to view on iPads, and a trivia game that asked participants to text in answers to questions such as “What year did FBISD desegregate schools?”

Willowridge High School presented “We Remember,” a school-wide event that focused on the achievements and contributions made by African-Americans during the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement. The multi-faceted event included activities and performances by the school’s Fine Arts, English and Social Studies Departments, the Mighty Eagles Band, the PTO, Athletic Booster Club, and others.

The Hightower High School community enjoyed mini plays from Mary Satchell’s “Dream Maker” and Shay Youngblood’s “Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery” presented by the school’s drama club, Poseidon’s Playhouse. The Black History Month program, designed to educate its audience on the contributions of African Americans, also included poetry readings, dance performances and choral presentations.

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