With Black History Month coming up, it is very important for Blue Ridge students to know its importance despite the lack of diversity throughout the school.
Black history week started being celebrated in 1926. It started as just a week in February, but eventually it was extended to the entire month by Gerald Ford in 1976. The main purpose of Black History Month is to bring attention to the contributions African Americans have made in society.
According to usnews.com, only 0.7 percent of students in Blue Ridge are African American while 92.6 percent are white. Despite these major differences it is still very important to know the history of this month
When students were asked about their thoughts this month, many of them did not have much knowledge on the matter, but they were motivated to learn more. For example, Senior Andre Evans said…
“All I really know about Black History Month is that it is made to commemorate the importance of black lives. I do believe that schools should teach us more about, so we can all have a better understanding on the situation.”
Overall despite the majority of students in our school not having any African American descent, they are still very motivated to learn more and get a better understanding on the subject.
Learn more about diversity at Blue Ridge here: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/pennsylvania/districts/blue-ridge-school-district/blue-ridge-high-school-16822
Learn about Blue Ridge’s Multicultural Club here: https://www.raiderreader.org/new-club-promotes-multicultural-awareness/