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First Graders Celebrate African American Heroes

Mrs. Hudson's first grade students proudly display their hard work!

Black History month honors the contributions of exceptional African Americans to our history. The Sardis first graders have been learning about the historical accomplishments and struggles of African Americans during the month of February. Among the African Americans studied, students learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how he encouraged others to” fight with their words and not their fists.”  First graders also learned about Rosa Parks and the courage it took to say "no" when she was told to give up her seat to a white man. In addition, the children learned about George Washington Carver and his over 100 uses for peanuts, especially peanut butter! Harriet Tubman was another important person who escaped slavery herself and then helped over 300 more slaves escape through the Underground Railroad. Another hero studied was Ruby Bridges, one of the first African American children to integrate a school for white children only.  The students found Ruby especially fascinating because she was the same age as they are now when she made history and prayed for those that were mean to her. The last famous African American studied was Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player who went on to win Rookie of the Year that very same year! To culminate the study, students worked in pairs to write about and illustrate their favorite African American. The students all agreed that each of these heroes were courageous and made a huge impact in the way African Americans have been treated over the years. Corbin, a student in Mrs. Hudson’s class said that he learned to "...be a leader and not a follower," and "if you don’t like something, try to change it without fighting.”

Written by: Gay Hudson
Posted: Feb 27, 2015 by Blair Austin

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