This afternoon, students from Calvin Britain Elementary, Benton Harbor, are doing their first videoconference and presenting a series of skits and songs for other students in our county. The focus is on Black inventors from the past, particularly those from the 20th century.
After a welcome from the principal, the students sang Lift Every Voice.
Next, the students performed a skit showing what life would be like if there were no Black people in the world. Each part of the day featured missing everyday items like the iron, the clothes dryer, the lawn mower, the auto gear-shift, the pencil sharpener, and the traffic light that were invented by African-Americans.
The students then all sang the song, We Shall Overcome, including actions to the song.
After this, the students gave some clues about some famous African-Americans in the form of “I am” statements. The listening students tried to guess the person.
This program was originally scheduled for the end of February, but a snow day made us reschedule for today.
The lesson for this interaction is posted online.