During National Black History Month, the Evanston Township High School chapter of the NAACP is presenting “The Power of a Dream: I AM the Legacy,” a group of open to the public events in honor of the City’s African-American heritage. All events will be at ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave., from 10:58 a.m. to 1:14 p.m.
The opening event, on Feb. 1, was a poetry slam at which English teacher and poet Toly Walker, retired ETHS Math teacher and author Janet Webb, the school’s Slam Team (led by Charles Carra) and the Little Kits from child care performed African-American poems and some of their own poetry.
On Feb. 11, marathon runner and ETHS teachers Stacey Nord, together with ETHS health and science teachers and athletic department staff will lead a panel discussion called “Lunch and Learn: Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin.” While students munch on a healthy lunch, the panelists will raise awareness about body image, self-esteem, self-worth, obesity, bulimia and the power of exercise.
A session of Sankofa Studies will be led on Feb. 15 and Feb. 18, by history teachers Aaron Becker and Cory Winchester, and their classes. “Sankofa,” a word from the Akan people of West Africa, means to “go back and fetch what you forgot.” In these sessions, students and visitors will engage in historical and present day themes, times, places and people.
At the Unity Scholarship Fair on Feb. 16, African-American Juniors and Seniors can talk to college vendors in the College Career Center (E112) about available scholarship information.
That same day, NAACP students work with ETHS culinary arts students at the Food for the Soul event to buy, cook, transport and serve traditional Caribbean and African-American foods. Hundreds of guests get together and dine at this festive and happy event to celebrate the culture and history of African-Americans in Evanston.