Sudduth holds ninth Black History program

Sudduth Elementary students gather in the gym for the school’s black history program Friday. (Submitted photos)
Staff Writer

For the ninth year running Sudduth Elementary School held its Black History program Friday.

The program featured kindergarten and first grade students presenting about African-American history. Students learned about several pioneering figures, including Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges and Duke Ellington.

“It’s when we all come together and remind each other that it doesn’t matter your skin color, we’re all just human beings,” said Sudduth Curriculum Technology Specialist Monica Lucas, one of the staff members who organized the program. “There are a lot of people that got us to this point and had a lot of accomplishments, and we want to remind the kids about that history, and about how our united states started progressing toward (being) a better place to live.”

First grade teacher Kellie Gartman said the program requires a lot of rehearsal time, and that many teachers and other staff members were involved with bringing it to fruition.

Gartman added that the school was able to work the seven habits in the Leader in Me program being used district-wide, into their presentation.

“Showing the children that these famous African-Americans have these wonderful leadership qualities that are tried and true throughout history, and that it’s not just something new that they’re learning how to be leaders.” Gartman said.

Lucas also said it was important that the lower elementary students at Sudduth learn about cultural diversity from an early age.

“As with anything, kids follow what they’re taught,” Lucas said. “We want to always teach them unity. Respecting differences, that’s the biggest thing. It’s ok to not look the same. We all want one thing in life, to be loved and to be successful.”

Gartman also said she was impressed with the students performance during the program.

“They had poems and quotes that they learned, and for a five-year old to learn a poem, that was absolutely wonderful.”

Lucas also said the assembly had grown to involve more of the school in recent years.