Black History Month
Denny Middle School was featured in a recent article in the Seattle Times for a play they are staging. It's called "The Stolen Ones and How They Were Missed" based on a children's book of the same name by a local writer, Marcia Tate Arunga. She, along with other local artists, is directing the play.
The students will be performing the play on Saturday, the 19th, as part of their celebration, Soul Jambalaya. It will start at 7 p.m. at Chief Sealth High School. Admission is free but donations for a scholarship fund will be accepted.
From the article:
Patricia Rangel, an administrator at Denny, said the story of the "the stolen ones" strengthens the school's U.S. history curriculum.
At this point in the year, she said, seventh-graders are learning about the transatlantic slave trade. "We thought how great, how rich to bring this global perspective, the African perspective of that experience, to our students."
Arunga was invited to serve as artist-in-residence at Denny and to produce the play in a project supported by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission.Another great news segment I saw was on NBS news about the first female African-American Coast Guard pilot. This young woman, LaShanda Holmes, is a study in courage and determination.
While she was attending Spellman College, she worked a job fair and noticed that hardly anyone came by the Coast Guard booth so she stopped by to say hello. That chance meeting led to her joining the Coast Guard.
Her mother committed suicide when she was just two and she was abused and bounced around until she found a wonderful foster mother who cared for her until she graduated high school. They don't explain it in the story but I'm pretty sure this determined young woman got a scholarship to go to Spellman.
I have always been interested in stories about children who succeed despite terrible life circumstances; why do some people become resilient and others fail?
She has four proud foster sisters who look up to her.