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Northview Celebrates Black History

Northview student holds a microphone in front of the movie presentation.

February 28, 2024 - From historically Black colleges, to gospel music, to entrepreneurs like Madam C.J. Walker, Northview High School celebrated all aspects of Black history at their annual Black History Celebration. Dozens of presentations and wall art about civil rights movements and historical figures were displayed throughout the school for students to watch, read, and interact with. The main goals were to celebrate Black culture and educate the school community on the contributions that Black Americans have made to the United States throughout history. 

“So many classrooms have their own activity stations,” said Jordan Rogers, senior. “Upstairs, there is a big poster about Spike Lee, who is a movie director and producer. My favorite station is the one about Essence Magazine. One of the classrooms made their own magazine and put a staff member on the cover.” 

Some classrooms highlighted musical genres like rhythm & blues, ragtime, and hip-hop, while others focused on fashion and hair. In Paraprofessional Ulanda Sinclair’s classroom, they decided to present on the Greensboro Four Movement

“The movement is about four Black students who conducted a peaceful sit-in at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to protest a segregated lunch counter at the Woolworth’s store,” said Sinclair. “It was designated as whites only and standing only for African Americans. Today, our Northview students are holding up signs that say “Let’s all sit together” to show that we shouldn't be indifferent and are all human beings.” 

The day of celebration also included short excerpts on the wall about famous Black figures such as Andrew Young, the U.S.’s first African American ambassador to the United Nations, Guion Bluford Jr, first African American to go to space, and Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author for her novel The Color Purple. 

“Northview is all about inclusion, which is something I love about the school,” added Sinclair. “We had a fun day celebrating.”