SWEDESBORO — This year students at Margaret Clifford School (MCS) had the opportunity to showcase the contributions of Black people during Black History Month with the “Celebrate 28” school-wide project.
“Celebrate 28” was initiated by Valerie Lacy, a classroom aide, who involved all 241 students at MCS for the special project. Students researched important facts on an African American who contributed to U.S history, from all modern time periods. Throughout the hallways at MCS, each student’s project is displayed on bulletin boards honoring various Black History Heroes.
“It is my hope that the contributions of all races are embraced and celebrated equally,” said Lacy. “And that the class of 2034 and 2035 will have made significant strides in the world pursuing justice and equity for all.”
Black History Month is an annual celebration that started in the US in 1926. It was conceived by historian Carter G. Woodson who proposed marking a time to honor African Americans and raise awareness of Black history.
The observance originated in the US to recognize and honor the contributions and achievements of the country’s Black populations and their role in US history.