Marist High School will honor Black History Month through prayer, events, and programming.
Black History Month began as a one-week celebration in 1926 started by historian Carter Woodson and coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. It changed to a month-long celebration in 1970 and was officially recognized by President Ford in 1976.
Students at Marist can check out a number of novels, memoirs, biographies, and books of poetry by renowned and emerging Black authors featured in the ARC and through the school’s partnership with eRead Illinois.
In the classroom, teachers and students are recognizing the month in a variety of ways. Some religion classes are taking connecting the themes of the month to the Bible. All freshman students will participate in a one-period program that includes prayer, a lesson on appreciating the diversity in our community and world, activities, and reflection.
Our all-school prayers will honor the spirit of unity this month promotes, and will feature the Church’s African-American saints.
Clubs will participate by providing events open to all students. The Spanish Club is holding a an around-the-school scavenger hunt/breakout room to commemorate famous Afro-Latinos on February 4 and 23 at 2:30 p.m. The EVOLVE club will highlight virtual events from the Archdiocese celebrating the theme We Are Called: Umoja for Black Lives, Justice, and Peace. They will hold these events on February 4, 10, 18, and 24 in the RedHawk Theater from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This will include the virtual 43rd Archdiocesan African-American Heritage Prayer Service, which Marist students attend every year in person with students from across the Archdiocese at Holy Name Cathedral.
The latest edition of The Sentinel will come out on February 10 and will include a column on Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman and student responses on who the most influential Black American is today.
Marist’s programming honors the impact of the Black Americans on our country’s history, our shared faith, and