At Marist High School, we’re proud to celebrate the many contributions of Black Americans to our country’s history year-round. Yet during February, we focus even more on Black history and how it has shaped our nation, from culture to progress in civil rights, scientific achievement and more.
Activities at Marist this Month
Throughout the month, our classrooms and clubs will be sharing lessons and activities that highlight Black Americans. We look forward to sharing photos and updates throughout the month.
Choir – This month at Marist, our chorus students will experience listening to music performed by a black musician at the end of every class.
MHS Media – Every Monday, MHS Media is highlighting a different black leader throughout history. Articles written by Camille Jones ’23, highlight BSU 4 BHM, Mamie Till Mobley Maulana Karenga, Fred Hampton and Ella Baker. You can read these articles and more here.
MHS Studio – “Behind the Curtain” is a series produced by the broadcast classes that highlights different events and activities happening at Marist. This month, they are highlighting students from the newly founded club the Black Student Union. Click here to watch.
Religion Classes – All religion classes held a prayer service in celebration of Black History Month.
Black History Trivia – Mrs. Hayes hosted Black History Trivia on Monday, February 27th during all lunch periods in the Tribute Room. Students developed teams with their peers and came out for a fun time of trivia and competition! Here are some photos from the event below:
Archdiocese of Chicago African American Heritage Prayer Service: The annual prayer service took place on Friday, February 24. Marist alum Peyton Ashford ’18 spoke at the service and presented the students with awards. Special note: Peyton was the recipient of the very same award in 2018 that she presented this month.
Black Student Union – The Black Student Union is a new club at Marist this year. During the month of February, they have planned many different activities on top of their weekly meetings. On February 10, members of the club volunteered at the organization Feed My Starving Children. They packed 20,952 meals and 97 boxes for those in need! The club then prayed over the food before it was sent out. February 10th was a day off for students and these students chose to spend it by giving back to others. Here are some photos from the day of service:
February 3: The club hosted a Soul Food & Showing movie night where they watched “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and had a meal together. Here are some photos from the night:
February 16: Tasty Thursdays during lunch periods. The Black Student Union is selling pound cake and donuts.
The Marist Commitment
At Marist High School, our top priority is creating a safe and nurturing learning environment for all students of all backgrounds, and we embrace the opportunity to focus deeply on the importance of Black history as a pillar of the history that defines our country. This month and every day, we remain committed to creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all.