B-B Black History Month Celebration Day features special guests

By on March 11, 2019
Marcus Bowen with Byron-Bergen students. Photo by Gretchen Spittler

Marcus Bowen with Byron-Bergen students. Photo by Gretchen Spittler

On Tuesday, February 26, the Byron-Bergen fourth through sixth grades hosted special guests as part of their Black History Month celebration.

Olivia Kim, Adjunct Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, shared her experience with the Frederick Douglass sculpture project and “Discover Douglass” self-guided walking tour. Kim sculpted the 6’7” monument of Douglass out of more than 200 pounds of clay to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of Douglass’ chosen birthday, February 14, 1818. From her mold, thirteen statues were completed and placed around Rochester. The students learned about the complex process to create each of the statues as well as the significance Douglass holds in the Rochester community.

Community educator and choreographer Marcus Bowens shared the history and global influence of hip hop. Hip hop originated in New York City in the 1970s and has since spread around the world influencing diverse cultures. “Dance is a form of celebration and expression,” Bowens shared with the students. “Dance is contagious.” He then led the students in a celebration of hip hop through a choreographed dance in which everyone participated. A brief video except is available at https://ensemble.monroe2boces.org/Watch/d9Y5Znp7.

Miriam Tardy, Siomara Caballero and Hannah Catalino, all Byron-Bergen Senior High School students, introduced the students to the real life characters portrayed in the movie Hidden Figures. Their introduction included an overview of segregation and an interactive activity. Students and staff shared something that they were proud of and reflected that Hidden Figures features real people who were not credited for the vital role they played at NASA until many decades later. “Don’t let your accomplishments be hidden,” the three presenters concluded.

The day concluded with a special screening of Hidden Figures.

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Photos by Gretchen Spittler

Olivia Kim, Marcus Bowen, Miriam Tardy, Siomara Caballero, and Hannah Catalino.

Olivia Kim, Marcus Bowen, Miriam Tardy, Siomara Caballero, and Hannah Catalino.

Olivia Kim shared her experience creating statues of Frederick Douglass.

Olivia Kim shared her experience creating statues of Frederick Douglass.

 Byron-Bergen Senior High students discuss segregation with Elementary School students.

Byron-Bergen Senior High students discuss segregation with Elementary School students.

Byron-Bergen Senior High students provide background for the movie Hidden Figures.

Byron-Bergen Senior High students provide background for the movie Hidden Figures.

Marcus Bowen with Byron-Bergen students. Photo by Gretchen Spittler

Marcus Bowen with Byron-Bergen students. 

 

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