Palms Middle School

This Question Should be Easy!

Who was the first black President of the United States?

Black History Month

February is Black History Month.

Every year Palms holds a Black History Assembly (theme: "I Have a Dream") where students perform -- singing, dancing, doing skits, etc. -- in recognition of African-American culture. The Palms Jazz Band often performs. Other forms of recognition occur throughout the month.

 

Spring 2017 Black History Assembly

Friday, February 23, 2016

 

For further information, check the School Calendar and watch for news announcements.

Black History Challenge

Can you identify these famous black Americans? Answers are below but don't click until you try to answer the questions yourself.

This person...

  1. ...invented a machine called a "lasting machine" that stitched the leather of a shoe to its sole.
  2. ...served three years in reform school for attempted burglary before writing many famous rock-and-roll songs.
  3. ...sang in church choirs while growing up as the granddaughter of two Methodist ministers.
  4. ...worked at a childcare center before becoming a well-known political figure.
  5. ...was a one-time Nation of Islam minister and was assassinated while giving a speech in 1965.
  6. ...had first and middle names "Edward Kennedy" at birth.
  7. ...was the first black congresswoman to be elected from the Deep South.
  8. ...was a Harvard graduate and played a role in starting the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
  9. ...helped register black voters in Mississippi and led boycotts there of firms that practiced racial discrimination.
  10. ...was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in making an Arab-Israeli peace in 1949.

Source: EducationWorld


Do your own research to try to solve the Black History Challenge above.

Then click below to check your answers.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day for short) on the third Monday of January.

Click here for some ideas for MLK Day activities.

MLK Day of Service

The MLK Day of Service is a chance to help your neighbors and community on MLK Day. On this day, everyone is encouraged to serve, educate, volunteer, and share.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'

Participating in the MLK Day of Service is a great way to answer!

For ideas, download the 2015 MLK Day of Service flyer.

I Have a Dream

Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

-- from the "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., August 28, 1963, Washington, DC

Picture Question

Do you know where this Martlin Luther King Jr. Memorial is? Have you been to see it? Would you like to?

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

The answer to the first question is upside-down below.

Answer to Picture Question

Answer to MLK picture question