In honor of Black History Month,
Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School launched their school festivities with a visit from local author and blogger, Rodney Hurst. Students in the intensive reading course eagerly listened as Mr. Hurst depicted his personal experiences during the Civil Rights movement.
Mr. Hurst took the students through a time of inequality and segregation with events such as Ax Handle Saturday on August 27, 1960 in Jacksonville. He told the students of his grade school teachers who influenced him to reach for his dreams, helping him to look past the hard times and look forward to his future.
The class discussed the books they were reading outside of class to help them with their studies. Mr. Hurst encouraged the students to read something new every day, especially those that reflect on their heritage. He left suggestions for the students including "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong" by James Loewen, and Mr. Hurst's book, "It Was Never About a Hotdog and a Coke."
"All of us need to read, and to understand exactly what it is we are reading," said Rodney Hurst.
To view pictures from Mr. Hurst's visit to Darnell-Cookman, visit the
DCPS' flickr photostream.
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