Black History Month at Pattengill culminates in staff-created, schoolwide Black History Museum

Video & photos by Jo Mathis, AAPS District News Editor

All through the month of February, the Pattengill community celebrated Black History Month, with a new concentration every week.

On the last day of the month, several staff members presented an impressive, six-station Black History Museum, giving an up-close and personal look at the history of African Americans, with an emphasis on triumph and resilience.

Each student got the chance to stop at each exhibit and ask questions of the presenters.

Principal Taneia Giles said she wants students to realize that even when enslaved, African Americans were able to raise families, stay resilient and keep going and growing, founding colleges, becoming inventors and scientists.

“We want our students to know that they can also do anything as they continue to grow and learn in Ann Arbor Public Schools and throughout their educational journey,” she said.

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” Pattengill Elementary School, Ann Arbor, MI. February 28, 2022. Video by Pattengill Music Teacher John Churchville.

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