Students, teachers celebrate Black History Month

Orieana Simmons and Megan Bumpas

Today is the first day of Black History Month.

A poster in the Duncan Middle School hallway highlights the Underground Railroad. (Orieana Simmons)

The month celebrates African American success and those who fought for African American freedom. It’s a month to celebrate people like Martin Luther King Jr., who was an American Baptist minister and leader in the civil rights movement, and Rose Parks, who fought for racial equality when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man and was arrested on Dec. 1, 1955.

Other African Americans made changes to sports, like Muhammad Ali, a boxer and activist.

People all around the world, people celebrate Black History Month, regardless of the color of their skin. It’s a month for all races to come together; it doesn’t matter if people are purple or blue.

Michael Jackson, singer/songwriter and activist, made many songs throughout his career that discussed the struggles of African Americans, including  “Black and White” and “Man in the Mirror.”

There are alot of African Americans who have fought for freedom in different ways.

Amber Molina, eighth-grade science teacher, said she likes Harriet Tubman and how she freed other African American slaves using the Underground Railroad.

Gigi Villarreal, attendance clerk, said she really likes Maya Angelou, a civil rights activist, singer, award-winning author and Grammy-winning composer.