Walking Through History

Walking Through History

West Hempstead High School Juniors commemorated Black History Month by creating an in–class museum to showcase the accomplishments of prominent African Americans in U.S. history.

Michael Paul’s and Stephanie Withopf’s Social Studies classes researched historical figures, events and groups that have impacted black history. Applying their research and creativity skills, the students developed exhibits using posters, trifolds, Prezi presentations, dioramas and books to highlight historical figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Booker T. Washington, Madam C. J. Walker, Medgar Evers and Michelle Obama.

As peers, teachers and administrators walked through the exhibits on Feb. 16 and 17, museum goers were prompted with questions about how students’ researched individuals had made a significant impact on society.

Among the visitors to the museum was Sen. Todd Kaminsky who spoke to Paul’s and Withopf’s classes about the importance of celebrating Black History Month and answered questions about his duties in office.