February is #BlackHistoryMonth – a time when the contributions of African Americans are more broadly recognized – in addition to our intentional effort to honor the achievements and central role of African Americans in the United States year-round. The youth in our programs continued our celebration of Black history with curriculum and reading selections chosen to amplify Black voices.
Our middle schoolers at West Oakland Middle School chose to focus their efforts on a Presentation and Talent Show to highlight impactful Black leaders who inspire them including Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Alicia Keys. Our youth came together to organize the entire event with support from GirlsInc. program leaders. The energetic performance included poetry, singing, dancing and even a comedy act.