Welcome! We celebrated Black History Month this year with a series of webinar panels and interviews that explored Black American cultural and political practices to further develop student curiosity and understanding. In addition to our webinar sessions, we formed a living syllabus of all resources referenced throughout our programming as well as resources community members submitted. Feel free to browse through our syllabus HERE as you review the month’s recordings!
A key component to our Black History Month programming consisted of a curated series highlighting the stories and perspectives of our Black staff members. Our students watched these videos in their Advisories and discussed the thematic content and its relationship to the week’s respective theme.
WEEK ONE (FEBRUARY 1-5): BLACK IDENTITY
What aspects of your identity are influenced by black culture?
Crosstown High’s Project Curator Danielle Tyler sat down with staff members Brittany Brown and Chandra Swan to discuss experiences that helped shaped their identities.
EPISODE I: Meet FLEX TEACHER Ms. Brittany Brown
EPISODE II: Meet HEALTH AND WELLNESS TEACHER MRS. CHANDRA SWAN
WEEK TWO (FEBRUARY 8-12): BLACK PERCEPTION
What does America associate with Black Culture? A Look into the One Drop Rule and Respectability Politics
Crosstown High’s Project Curator Danielle Tyler sat down with staff members Nikki Wallace and Deion Jordan to discuss perceptions and their impact on creating their own stories.
EPISODE III: MEET SCIENCE DEPARTMENT CHAIR, MS. NIKKI WALLACE
EPISODE IV: Meet DIRECTOR OF COMPETENCIES, MR. DEION JORDAN
WEEK THREE (FEBRUARY 15-19): BLACK LeGACY
How Do We Hold the Past? Is it Sensationalized or Forgotten?
Crosstown High’s Project Curator Danielle Tyler sat down with staff members Ty Boyland and Andrea Richardson to discuss how legacy has played a part in designing their futures.
EPISODE V: Meet MUSIC PRODUCTION TEACHER, MR. TY BOYLAND
EPISODE VI: Meet SPANISH TEACHER, MS. ANDREA RICHARDSON
WEEK FOUR (FEBRUARY 22-26): BLACK FUTURE
WHAT COMES NEXT?
Crosstown High’s Project Curator Danielle Tyler sat down with staff members David Anderson, Sasha Haynes, and Cherlinca Boyd to discuss how they face their futures while reconciling their pasts.
EPISODE VII: Meet DEAN OF STUDENTS, MR. DAVID ANDERSON