SCOTCH PLAINS — Sarah Caddle and Maryann Carolan, faculty in the Humanities Department at Union Catholic High School, are raising awareness for Black History Month in a multitude of ways.
Displayed in the main foyer (and pictured above) are a variety of student-created “postage stamps,” featuring and honoring notable persons throughout Black history. The project, executed by students enrolled in the senior English class “Multicultural Literature and Composition” and those in “Desktop Publishing,” was designed with the hope of expanding knowledge about influential Americans.
“Black history is American history,” says Caddle. “My goal is to change misconceptions of marginalized groups through education and literature.” She also notes that if we do not recognize and respect the deep roots and culture of all people from our past, there is no way that we can move forward to make changes for future generations.
The senior English classes will also be taking a field trip at the end of the month to the Union County College Theater in Cranford, where students will be able to hear influential African American writers’ works read by high school and college students. At the presentation, entitled “Voices from America’s Black Past– Standing on Strong Shoulders,” Union Catholic’s own senior Victoria King of East Orange will be reading “Still I Rise,” by Maya Angelou.
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