RAHWAY — On Tuesday, April 19, the students of Rahway’s African-American Studies class and their instructor, David Brighouse sponsored an African-American history presentation for Board of Education and community members and district administrators.
The presentations represented the culmination of almost eight months of work, where students labored together to learn about and experience the complex and challenging intellectual, political, and cultural tapestry that is African-American history. The class worked over the course of this school year in the spirit of the great civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois who wrote, “There is but one coward on earth, and that is the coward that dare not know.”
Students sought, in all their scholastic efforts, to know just a little more today than they knew yesterday about those activists, artists, and intellectuals who have struggled and strove in their day in order that we might live in a more just society and a better world.
Ope Adewale explains to guests about the role of Marcus Garvey in African-American history.
Brandon Gamboa, a Marine Corp Junior ROTC cadet, gives a presentation about the role of African-American soldiers during World War I before the Armed Forces were integrated.
(Photos courtesy of Rahway High School)
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