Release Date: 1/31/2017
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BCPS students to explore black history through field trips, lessons, and presentations

TOWSON, MD – It’s one thing to read a book about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sojourner Truth, or President Barack Obama; it’s another thing altogether to transform yourself into one of these leaders and answer questions or debate issues from his or her viewpoint.

Throughout February, Black History Month, schools across Baltimore County will immerse students in African-American history through field trips, classroom lessons, special assemblies, films, poetry, and the arts.

Please see below a sampling of Black History Month activities across the county:

Thursday, Feb. 2

Maria Broom to make Black History Month presentation at Westchester Elementary

What:Maria Broom, a local actress, dancer, and storyteller, will make a presentation to students at Westchester Elementary School as part of the school’s celebration of Black History Month.
When: Thursday, Feb. 2, from 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Where: Westchester Elementary School, 2300 Old Frederick Rd., 21228
Contact: Phillip Byers, 410.887.1088

Friday, Feb. 3

Students at Southwest Academy to learn about Marian Anderson

What: The Lyric Opera Baltimore will perform "The Marian Anderson Story" at Southwest Academy Magnet School for Science & Engineering for selected students. "The Marian Anderson Story" is a tribute to the first African-American singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The program explores the civil rights movement while presenting the wide variety of styles in Anderson's repertoire, including spirituals, art songs, and opera.
When: Friday, Feb. 3, from 9 – 10 a.m.
Where: Southwest Academy Magnet School, 6200 Johnnycake Rd., 21207
Contact: Karen Barnes or Ronald McFadden. 410.887.0825

African-American history month to be studied at Catonsville High

What: The Catonsville High School English department is sponsoring a field trip to see the film Fences, based on August Wilson’s award-winning play.
When: Friday, Feb. 3 (contact school for exact time and location)
Contact: Matthew Ames, 410.887.0808

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Featherbed Lane Elementary pays tribute to Black History Month!

What: Featherbed Lane Elementary School students in Grade2and 3will perform readings and songs, including spirituals and contemporary gospel music, to commemorate the history of African-Americans. Performing students will dress up as famous African-American figures, including Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, and more. The event is open to the public.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 6 – 7 p.m.
Where: Featherbed Lane Elementary School, 6700 Richardson Rd., 21207
Contact: Renee Johnson, Lynn Waltmann, and Lisa Washington, 410.887.1302

Black History Month Program at Hebbville

What: The Black History Month program at Hebbville Elementary School will feature students from every grade level at the school. The program will include performances by the Grades 4 and 5 choruses and the school’s dance program. Students will portray famous African-Americans, and the winners of the school’s drawing/essay competition will be announced. Through this contest, students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 could draw pictures related to the theme “Honor the Past to Inspire the Future,” while older students, Grades 3 – 5, wrote essays on the topic.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. for students and 6:30 p.m. for the community
Where: Hebbville Elementary School, 3335 Washington Ave., 21244
Contact: Sandra Wilkins, 410.887.0708

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Overlea High students to visit African American museum

What:A group of Overlea High School students will visit the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 8 (contact the school for exact times)
Where: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., 21202
Contact: Monica Sample, Kaitlin Meehan, or Todd Wade, 410.887.5241

Pot Spring Elementary to explore “Standing on the Shoulders of Our Ancestors”

What: The Nu World Art Ensemble will present to Pot Spring Elementary students an interactive assembly titled “Standing on the Shoulders of Our Ancestors.” The assembly, sponsored by the school’s PTA, features the stories and rich cultural contributions of Africans and African-Americans through song, dance, and theatre, conveying both struggles and triumphs throughout history.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 9:30 a.m. for PreK - Grade 3, and 10:30 a.m. for Grades 3 – 5
Where: Pot Spring Elementary School, 2410 Springlake Dr., 21093
Contact: Jane Martin, 410.887.7648

Monday, Feb. 13

Berkshire Elementary parents to see students’ African-American history presentations

What: Each student in Laura Jones’ Grade 4 Language Arts class will select an influential African-American to profile. Students will research the individuals they have selected, create a project (PowerPoint, poster, etc.), and share their project with peers and parents.
When: Monday, Feb. 13 – Monday, Feb. 20 (contact the school for exact times)
Where: Berkshire Elementary School, 7431 Poplar Ave., 21224
Contact: Cheryl Brooks or Laura Jones (, 410.887.7008

Friday, Feb. 17

Annual Living Museum to take place again at Randallstown High

What: The halls of Randallstown High School will once again become a living museum in honor of Black History Month. Sponsored by the Mass Communication Magnet Program, the project is called Journey Through Time. Stationed throughout the halls will be students portraying historical and influential figures. This year for the first time, all of the historical and influential figures portrayed will be women. Students, teachers, and staff visit the stations to engage in conversations across time and history.
When: Friday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Randallstown High School, 4000 Offutt Rd., 21133
Contact: Aubrey Brown or Susan Ellerbee, 410.887.0748

Tuesday, Feb. 21

What: During Black History Night at Pleasant Plains Elementary School, Grade 4 students will present research projects centered around the culture and traditions of various regions including the West Coast of Africa, the Caribbean, the southern U.S., and the northeastern U.S. Grade 5 students will provide entertainment representing various African-American musicians, music genres, and poets. Admission is free.
When: Tuesday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Pleasant Plains Elementary School, 8300 Pleasant Plains Rd., 21286
Contact: Joyce Albert, 410.887.3549

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Historical figures to debate at Pikesville High

What: The Pikesville High group, Multi-culturally Rising Above Differences (MRAD), sponsored by English teacher Natalie Bailey, will present a Black History Month debate. Students will debate each other in character as influential African-Americans past and present. The students will be coached by social studies teacher Ethan Goodman. The debate characters pairings are Tim Scott vs. Elijah Cummings; Tupac (Amaru Shakur) vs. Biggie Smalls (Christopher Wallace); J. Cole vs. Kendrick Lamar; Cornell West vs. President Barack Obama; Beyonce vs. Mary J. Blige; Oprah vs. Bill Cosby; Nelson Mandela vs. Ghandi; Hill Harper vs. Michael Coates; Michelle Obama vs. Stephanie Rawlings Blake; Sojourner Truth vs. Frederick Douglas; W.E.B. Dubois vs. Booker T. Washington; Ice T (Tracy Marrow) vs. Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson); James Brown vs. Michael Jackson, and Malcolm Xvs. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 22 (contact the school for exact times. Snow date: Wednesday, March 1)
Where: Pikesville High School, 7621 Labyrinth Rd., 21208
Contact: Sandra Reid or Jennifer Meltzer (, 410.887.1217

Thursday, Feb. 23

Black History Month musical program at Church Lane

What: Church Lane Elementary students will perform “Perpetuate, Promote, and Preserve Black Music,” in honor of Black History Month.
When: Thursday, Feb. 23 (contact the school for exact time. Snow date: Feb. 24)
Where: Church Lane Elementary School, 3820 Fernside Rd., 21133
Contact: Judith Devlin or Monica Massey (, 410.887.0717

Friday, Feb. 24

Owings Mills Elementary to create living wax museum

What: Each Grade 3 student at Owings Mills Elementary School will research a famous African-American and then use the research to create a paragraph about the person. At the “wax museum,” students will dress up as their person and read their paragraph to parents.
When: Friday, Feb. 24, from 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Owings Mills Elementary School, 10824 Reisterstown Rd., 21117
Contact: Chet Scott or Rachel Mills (, 410-887-1710

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Black History Month Showcase at Randallstown Elementary

What: Grade 5 students at Randallstown Elementary will host a Black History Month Showcase. Throughout February, they will research famous people, places, events, and other topics pertaining to African-American history. The showcase will be a chance for students to display what they have learned about black historical figures who have made a significant contribution to society. Some students will even come dressed as their favorite historical person.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.
Where: Randallstown Elementary School, 9013 Liberty Rd., 21133
Contact: Lois Stokes or Da’Nall Wilmer, 410.887.0746


Sparrows Point Middle to explore African-American history from King Tut to today

What: In celebration of Black History Month, Sparrows Point Middle School is creating videos to show African-American history from King Tut to present day America. The students, social studies teachers, school counselors, an assistant principal, and the TV studio advisor are working together to create the videos. The videos will be shown on morning announcements every school day in February and also will be available on the school’s YouTube channel.
Contact: Shannon Washington or Aimée Farrell, 410.887.7524

African-American history month to be studied at Catonsville High

What: Throughout Black History Month, students at Catonsville High School will study African-American history and culture. Students involved in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) will produce daily Black History Month announcements. All Grade 11 students will study the Harlem Renaissance and its lasting impact. A book study will examine Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years. In addition, the English department is sponsoring a field trip to see the film Fences, and some students will take a field trip to the Newseum focused on the Make Some Noise Exhibit (about student leaders and the civil rights movement.) All students will be involved in weekly grade level lessons in all social studies classrooms.
Where: Catonsville High School, 421 Bloomsbury Ave., 21228
Contact: Matthew Ames, 410.887.0808

Timonium Elementary to study history through music and books

What: At Timonium Elementary School, the school’s vocal music teacher will focus on African-American composers. The school’s library media specialist will feature African-American authors and books about various African-Americans. This will include discussions about the multitude of nonfiction books that are available in the school’s library which focus on people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Classroom teachers will support these activities with their students.
Where: Timonium Elementary School, 2001 Eastridge Rd., 21093
Contact: Donna Scaccio, 410.887.7661

Black Saga team will use trivia to teach history at Pinewood

What: The Pinewood Elementary School’s Black Saga Team will ask Black History-related trivia questions each day on the morning announcements. A prize will be awarded each day for the correct answer.
Where: Pinewood Elementary School, 200 Rickswood Rd., 21093
Contact: Tricia Rueter, 410.887.7663

From door-decorating to Hidden Figures: activities at Crossroads Center

What: Crossroads Center will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of academic and non-academic festivities. A homeroom door-decorating contest will be held, lessons will be embedded in English, math, science, history, and art curriculums. Female students will go on a field trip to see the film Hidden Figures, celebrating the contributions of female African-American mathematicians.
Where: Crossroads Center, 11640 Crossroads Cir., 21220
Contact: John Ward or Kasey Chisholm, 410.887.2275

Exploring history through music at Church Lane

What: To learn more about African-American history, each grade level at Church Lane Elementary School will research a specific genre of music and participate in a related door-decorating contest.
Where: Church Lane Elementary School, 3820 Fernside Rd., 21133
Contact: Judith Devlin or Monica Massey (, 410.887.0717

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