20th Year of Celebrating Black History Month at Dove Academy

February is dedicated as Black History Month, honoring the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history, including the civil rights movement and their artistic, cultural and political achievements.

In Black history, those events often include courageous stories like those of the underground railroad and historical moments like the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But these are only a few of the significant and essential events to know and remember.

To honor this expansive and growing history, Dove Academy is celebrating Black History Month with school-wide African American Living Wax Museum on Tuesday, February 27 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Each grade level will have a theme. The themes range from Black athletes to Black inventors to Black authors and illustrators.

“It is so exciting to get the whole school involved this year,” Paul Ezel, vice principal at Dove Academy said. “In my 13 years of being part of Dove Academy, this is the first year that we want the community to come out and see how we are celebrating Black History month. It is so important to celebrate and acknowledge Black Americans who have made a difference and paved the way for us.”

There will be many displays in the cafeteria. These will include poster boards and actual students K-8th grade giving researched speeches and information about the person that they are representing.

Each classroom door will be also decorated. Individual classrooms came up with the idea that they wanted to celebrate and create into a door decoration. They got really creative and had a lot of fun doing them.

“We want people to know about the Dove Difference and what we are doing to celebrate Black History,” Tommy Brooks, principal at Dove Academy said. “This is such a fun way to learn and celebrate our history together. It connects us all and is

“Everyone will have a role to play in this event,” commented Ezel. To include everyone, they will have an interactive station at the end where friends and families can record who their Black hero is. A teacher will combine the stories to share with the full school community. It will be a real demonstration of sharing and connecting with one another.