BLACK EFFECT: A Black History Month Interview Series

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

Aired February 1, 2020

EPISODE II: Meet HEALTH AND WELLNESS TEACHER MRS. CHANDRA SWAN

Aired February 3, 2020

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

Aired February 8, 2020

EPISODE IV: Meet DIRECTOR OF COMPETENCIES, MR. DEION JORDAN

Aired February 10, 2020

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

Aired February 15, 2020

EPISODE VI: Meet SPANISH TEACHER, MS. ANDREA RICHARDSON

Aired February 17, 2020

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

Aired February 22, 2020

EPISODE VIII: Meet COUNSELOR, MS. SASHA HAYNES

Aired February 22, 2020

EPISODE IX: Meet MATH TEACHER, MS. CHERLINCA BOYD

Aired February 24, 2020

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