Black History Month Richly Celebrated at Tulsa Public Schools

TULSA, Okla. – From slam dances to plays, historical recreations to dramatic studies, TPS schools across the district are celebrating Black History Month in unique and memorable fashion. A list of activities are available online ( with updates occurring frequently.Here are some of the activities planned for the month:

February 16, 5:30-7 p.m., McKinley Elementary (6703 E. King St.)
Students go all out—with a song/chant/slam dance sampling lyrics from We Shall Overcome, cookie and punch reception, second-grade art show and a recreation of famous black historical figures.Contact Ronda Kesler at 833-8720 or

February 18, 7 p.m., Roosevelt Elementary (1202 W. Easton St.)
Students celebrate Black History Month and President’s Day by portraying famous historical figures through monologues, dancing and instrumental music. The program is open to all community members. Contact Howard McCondichie at 833-8960 or

Each Thursday in February, Memorial High School (5840 S. Hudson Ave.)
Students in Jen Lawrence’s drama class are devoting each Thursday this month to studying the film 4 Little Girls, a documentary recalling a fatal church bombing in 1963 Birmingham, Alabama. Lawrence’s students will follow up a viewing of the film with dramatic interpretations of the people it portrays. Contact: Jen Lawrence at 833-9600 or

February 26 at 1 p.m., Anderson Elementary (1921 E. 29 St. N.)
Students perform an original play written by teacher Aneesah Muwwakkil, and hold an interpretive dance accompanied by a traditional African Zulu drum.Contact: Aneesah Muwwakkil at org.

February 12 and 19, Thoreau Demonstration Academy (7370 E. 71 St.)
The school holds Brotherhood Presentations, where students and faculty recreate influential historical figures while attired in period costume. Contact: Tom Padalino at 833-9700 or

Updated 02-09-2010

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