By: Sophie P.
Duxbury High School shows support for an important historic holiday. Black History Month commemorates the important historical influence the African American community has on our society.
One way DHS does this is by reading the Fredrick Douglas biography. Senior Kristen M. said, “I liked the book because it made me reflect back onto my own life. It made me think about how I always complain about the easiest of things when there are really people suffering.”
DHS also representation with instillations created by the art department. “It’s called Travelling Exhibit Discovery, and basically it’s a company that prints out nice resolution images and makes connections between curriculums,” said drawing and painting teacher, Mrs. Leydon.
The pieces are made by students to show aspects of black culture in the style of historic black artists. “We are doing Aaron Douglas who is a muralist from the Harlem Renaissance, so we’re recreating his style of painting,” said Leydon. These pieces are meant to bring to light the fact that it’s black history month and bring some diversity to the building.
Another way to reflect the importance of black history is with the showing of 12 Years a Slave. “12 Years a Slave is probably one of the first movies that actually shows the magnitude and the reality of what it was like to be a slave, the brutality of it,” said English teacher Mrs. Marino. “I feel a lot of times students read about it, they learn about it in history, but it all seems outside of ourselves so we were hoping that people would actually feel what it was like.”
12 Years a Slave is a movie that shows the struggles of slavery through the eyes of captured slave Solomon Northrup and his journey to freedom. Shown to the juniors January 29th, the movie displayed the truth about what life was really in such a critical time in U.S. history.
Essentially, why is celebrating a holiday like Black History Month important? Junior Ashleigh Z. said, “People are still racist, hateful, ignorant, pretending racism isn’t a problem, two centuries later. We erased their culture when it suited us and the effects of that are still apparent in modern society.”