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Pender County Schools recognize Black History Month

posted Feb 17, 2017, 10:20 AM by Miranda Ferguson

In recognition of Black History Month, students across Pender County are learning about the accomplishments of African Americans.

At Cape Fear Elementary, Music teacher Mrs. Myhill read students the book “Rap A Tap Tap,” by Leo and Diane Dillon. The book celebrates the life of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a famous African American tap dancer. As Mrs. Myhill read the book, students took turns playing the metallophone and xylophone.

“This year we are traveling around North America,” Myhill said. “We started in Canada, visited New York, the Appalachian Mountains, now we are in New Orleans, and next will visit the West and end in Mexico.”

In Mr. Sidor’s American History class at Pender Early College, students watched the beginning of Claudia Stack’s “Under the Kudzo,” which tells the story of two Rosenwald schools in Pender County through the experiences of former teachers and alumni. Following the screening, students heard from Dr. Richard B. Newkirk and Betty Thompson, who attended Rosenwald schools.

“We took care of books,” Dr. Newkirk said, adding that they were charged a fee for the used books they received at the beginning of the year. “We didn’t cover them with paper, we covered them with cloth. At the end of the school year, if it wasn’t like it was when you got it, you paid a damage fee. They did not give you paper. They did not give you pencils. You came to school and they expected you to have it.”

Thompson brought photos of Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and their descendants for students to view following the presentation.