Black History Month

Group of student speakers

February is the month that we remember some great people in history. We have had a wonderful group of students who have been researching and writing up some facts about some important people. The students have been reading their facts on the announcements each morning.


Hey, Fort Riley Troopers I’m and Aniyah and I’m here to talk to you about Malcom X. Malcolm X wanted black people to not only stand up for their rights but also to demand a separate country for themselves. Despite allegations, he never advocated terrorism or violence. Malcolm X always elicited a strong reaction.


Today for black history month, I want to talk about Ja Morant. Ja Morant is a black point guard in the NBA. He is one of the best NBA players in the world, but he is also an activist for black rights. As an activist, he has partnered with 8 other NBA players and Door Dash to support black owned businesses and restaurants. He continues to be a role model and support the black community.


Martin Luter King is important to Black History month because he was a figure head for the civil rights for black people and his actions were Essential to stop segregation. He wrote one of the most serious letters of the civil rights era while he was in the Birmingham jail. The letter was sent to the Birmingham Manifesto with the help of the Alabama Christian movement for the Human Rights (ACMHR). He also helped stop segregation with his famous “I HAVE A DREAM” speech. he was also the driving force behind the Montgomery Bus Boycott and march on Washington D.C. His protests helped bring along important laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1963 and the Voting Rights Act. He has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. Our world would be a different place without his work.


Hey guys, Danielle here. Today we’re going to be talking about Jackie Robinson, and important figure in black history. Jackie Robinson is known for being the first African American player in the 20th century to take the field in the American or National league. Outside of his baseball career, Jackie was a civil rights activist and used his prestige as a star athlete to support the civil rights movement. Even though Jackie Robinson went through harassment and prejudice, he stayed persistent in his movements.


Hello, my name is Ty and I am ready about Kobe Bryant and how he represented black history month. Kobe was a professional basketball player in the NBA, that played for the LA Lakers since 1996. Kobe served as an advocate for the black youth, for example, Kobe has also worked to get LA’s soaring population of young African American off the street.


Hi, my name is Mykia. Today we are talking about Louis Armstrong. Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans in 1901 and he was the most famous jazz musician. He grew up in a poor black neighborhood in New Orleans. Armstrong played in various clubs around New Orleans before moving to Chicago in 1922 with his friend King Oliver. From 1933-1935, he toured Europe. In 1936, he became the first African American jazz musician to write an autobiography and he became the first African American to host a national radio show.


Hi, I am Chakyra and I’m going to give you a little info about Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman would help slaves escape from the south into the freedom of the north. She led more than 300 slaves to freedom via the underground railroad in 19 trips. Something a lot of people don’t know about her is when Harriet was a child, she was hit in the head with a brick after she refused to restrain a field hand who left a plantation without permission. This affected her sleep until she had brain surgery much later in life.