SAIL High School’s theme for Black History Month was The Blues and Langston Hughes. We kicked off the month with an outdoor jazz café that included poetry reading, refreshments, music and art.
Each day, our receptionist Stormy Koch reads a “Mic Drop” on the afternoon announcements. These “Mic Drops” included influential Black Heroes throughout our history.
Rich Black History was infused throughout the month of February in every discipline, from Science – looking at the influence of Henrietta Lacks and her HeLa cells, Fiber Arts studying the beautiful quilts of Bisa Butler, and Music, studying Doo Wop and how it has influenced music along the way.
SAIL is proud to celebrate diversity and honor our Black brothers and sisters not just during the month of February, but always.
As part of our celebration of Black History Month, SAIL High School is teaming up with Southern Shakespeare Company for a community discussion panel on A Town Divided. SAIL students from Nancy's, Sierra's, and Rebecca's classes have watched and discussed the play, a modernized version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Instead of the Capulets and the Montagues, the main characters are high school students from the Southside and the Northside of Tallahassee facing modern worries and racial discrimination. For the February 25th discussion, students submitted questions on the power of storytelling, law enforcement, and community engagement to author Adrian Fogelin, Sheriff Walt McNeil, and talk show host Nicole Everett. The panel will be moderated by Leon County School Board vice Chair Darryl Jones.