Students from MYcroSchool Gainesville attended black history month luncheonMYcroSchool Gainesvillepartnered with the USDA’s local Inter-Agencies for their students to attend the Agency’s annual Black History Inter-Agency Luncheon. Pictured are students Frank Irving and LiaTasha Gipson.

The national theme of this year’s luncheon was: “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The marking of the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.”

Mrs. Emma Lewis, ESE Teacher, and Mr. Michael Warren, CTSP Teacher, escorted nine MYcroSchool Gainesville students to this momentous event. The students who attended were Emma Johnson,LiaTasha GipsonErica BondurantJeffery DouganFrank Irving,
Nykyta LowerySharne JacksonJhakeece Stokes, and Donathan Thompson.

Students from MYcroSchool Gainesville attended black history month luncheon

During the Black History Ceremony, which was both before and after the luncheon, the students had an opportunity to witness a re-enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation Speech rendered by President Abraham Lincoln, view a film of The March on Washington Speech rendered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and witness speakers as they recalled actual events of their participation in the March on Washington as well as their personal biblical studies with Dr. King.

To be selected to attend the luncheon, students wrote essays on various equality topics.

The questions they answered in the essays included:

  • What was the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation?
  • What effect did the Emancipation Proclamation have on the Civil War?
  • Why was the March on Washington so important? How does it affect you today?
  • What does equality mean to you?

Read the student essays here.

With these new partnerships developed between MYcroSchool Gainesville and the USDA’s local inter-agencies: the US Forest Service, the National Resource Conservation Service, the Department of Rural Development, and the Farm Service Agency,

MYcroSchool Gainesville’s students will be invited and plan to attend this ceremony each year.

Emma Lewis is an ESE teacher and Michael Warren is the CTSP instructor at MYcroSchool Gainesville.