Dear Lawrence Families,
February is Black History Month. This Principal’s Corner is dedicated to the many outstanding contributions that our Black citizens and families have contributed to our American and World society, often with the need to overcome great odds and injustice. Black people have been instrumental through their work in the Sciences, Art, Music, Education, Politics, Medicine, Law, Sports, Civil Rights and on and on. There is not one facet of this great nation that has not benefited from their contributions. I also believe this is true of all of our minority groups. America benefits from the contributions of all of our people when we support freedom and equality.
Early this year I asked our families to have conversations about race, equality and opportunity. Last week I talked about the importance of dinner time conversations. You know it’s not eating dinner that makes the difference, it is the conversation. Thank you for putting down the phone, the newspaper, turning off the TV, etc. so that you can engage in these conversations.
This month provides a great opportunity to talk about how Civil Rights came to be and the struggle it was and is, so that all people can be protected by our constitution. Let’s keep the long struggle for Civil Rights alive in our stories with our children. Discussions about slavery and the Civil Rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s are a reminder of progress fought for with an understanding that more work remains for all Americans to be treated equally. These are important conversations and should be shared at the dinner table.
At Lawrence and the Public Schools of Brookline, Black History is woven into our curriculum throughout the year and at each grade. For instance in Art class students study fashion that includes a conversation on West African clothing and the artistic movement in West Africa. In poetry units teachers include Black authors. In Science and Social Studies the content includes notable contributions from many types of people. We also have teachers that make time for Black History conversations and projects. At our February K-5 Community Meeting we have encouraged students to share items for Black History Month.
A BIG thank you to our parents for their help with the fantastic Bulletin Board in the main Lawrence Lobby for Black History Month! Please look for it.
Sincerely, Warren L. Blair
“ If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Frederick Douglass
February 6 – Lawrence Attendance Line begins! 617-879-4343 – Please add this number to your contacts! Please use this line for absences and tardies.
February 6 – Winter String Concert – 7:00 PM
February 7 – School Council – 8:05 AM, Library
February 20-24 – February Break – No School
Sincerely, Warren Blair