Across the country, black teachers have been celebrating the culture by decorating their classroom doors. The teachers used rolled up black construction paper to bring out the curls and afros and collages of great African-American leaders.
Below are a few of our favorites:
“We are brave like Ruby.”
Denise Almonte used Ruby Bridges as the inspiration for her door.Bridges was the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School . Almonte is a first-grade teacher at Sea Castle Elementary School in Miramar, Florida.
“It’s currently Black history month and as a woman I feel like we need to stand together and be united! Being a minority and a female we all need to take Pride in who you are and be strong for what you want .“- Mrs. Madoo and Ms. Tranquille of Endeavor Primary Learning Center, Lauderhill, Fla.
“When they go low, we go high.”- Forever First Lady Michelle Obama
FLOTUS door by Alexis Cooke of Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Fla.
Hollie who goes by @chinalove on Instagram decked out her door at a Brooklyn School.
Turns out her door above was inspired by a real Queen, Ivelisse.
A double dose of melanin in this hallway:
Mahogany on a door, this teacher used Diana Ross as her inspiration. *Side note: If you haven’t seen the 1975 movie, Mahogany, treat yourself to a movie night with your girls and wine and please do. It truly teaches black women how to love the skin they’re in.*
“As a black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people all over the world against American imperialism.”- Angela Davis
“I know I’m no glamour girl, and it’s not easy for me to get up in front of a crowd of people. It used to bother me a lot, but now I’ve got it figured out that God gave me this talent to use, so I just stand there and sing.”- Ella Fitzgerald, jazz singer (1917-1996)
And it’s not just the teachers who are decking out their doors in the melanin! Thairis Rivas shared a picture of the door she crafted at New Destiny Housing in New York City.
Did you decorate your door for Black History Month? We want to see it- send us a picture and what school you teach at to email@example.com!
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