Fifth-grade students in Ms. Katherine Sutter's class at Susie E. Tolbert Elementary wanted to commemorate and raise awareness for Black History Month in a special way that their whole school would remember, so they organized the school's first Black History Museum.
The students each spent weeks researching a character from the past or present to represent, and were eager to share their newfound knowledge with others throughout the school.
"The Black History Museum is an interactive way for the other students in our school to learn about, remember and recognize people of African descent who have contributed to our history," said Sutter.
In addition to dressing up as the character, students created display boards with important facts, quotes and other background information, as well as wrote a dialogue to perform for their guests.
A few students acted as tour guides to take visitors through the different sections of the museum; sections included educators, inventors and scientists, athletes, entertainers and reformers. Within each section, students portrayed legendary figures such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., President Obama, Michael Jordan and Bill Cosby. As a special tribute to one of their own, a student portrayed third-grade teacher Xaviers Herndon, who teaches an all-boys class at the school and recently received the Russell C. Hill Award from the Boy Scouts of America.
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