FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2021
CATHOLIC STUDENTS CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROUGH LEARNING
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy in Brooklyn this morning continued their celebration of Black History Month this morning with a series of student presentations about the lives of prominent Black figures.
The event highlighted individuals recognized as champions in areas of social justice, sports, aviation, politics, and the arts. New York State Assemblyman Peter Abbate made a special visit to the school and spoke to the students regarding their Black History Month projects.
Muhammad Ali, Charles H. Alston, Maya Angelou, Ella Baker, Bessie Coleman, Nelson Mandela, Michelle Obama, and Jesse Owens were among those spotlighted by students of Grades 5 through 8. In adherence to social distancing requirements, two students from each grade joined together in one classroom to present on Zoom for all middle school students to watch live.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help is located at 5902-6th Avenue in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. Margaret Tyndall is the Principal.
#1 and #-2 – New York State Assemblyman Peter Abbate and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy teacher Francesca Binanti with the students presenting on Black History Month.
#3- Sofia McFarland of Grade 6 can be seen speaking about track and field U.S. Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens.
#4-7th Grade student Alyssa Osorio selected famed American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou to research.
#5- Saira Johnnie of Grade 7 talking about the life of human rights activist Ella Baker.
#6- 5th Grader Edwin Vasquez talks about the accomplishments and career of boxing great Muhammad Ali.