- Spartanburg School District 7
Growing Together As We Celebrate Black History Across D7
Across the District throughout the month of February, African American role models and mentors shared stories to underscore the importance of Black History Month. We grew together through poetry competitions, school-wide assemblies, quiz bowl competitions, guest artist performances, and more. Community leader
Luther Norman, whose dedication to preserving the history of the Negro Baseball League here in Spartanburg, significantly contributed to our headlining event at Spartanburg High School - the film screening of “The Other Boys of Summer” documentary, which was attended by the entire SHS student body. Norman, filmmaker Lauren Meyer, and historian Ed Epps (left to right, bottom left) were panelists for a discussion following the film screening. Mr. Norman also coordinated a collection of memorabilia from the Negro Baseball League for a month-long exhibit displayed at Spartanburg High School and Mary H Wright Elementary.
Spartanburg High School Students Take Part in a Special Black History Month Learning Opportunity: “The Other Boys of Summer” Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
As we observe Black History Month across District 7 and help all students gain deeper understanding and appreciation for the contributions African Americans made in shaping this country, Spartanburg High School celebrated in a special way with an enriching series of experiences. To honor the centennial of the historic Negro Baseball League, SHS held two showings of the documentary The Other Boys of Summer, by Emmy nominated filmmaker Lauren Meyer, for its 2,000 students on February 19. Narrated by Cicely Tyson, the film explores the contributions of the men and women of this league and will give us a deeper understanding of Civil Rights in America through the lives of these individuals. It is a story that goes far beyond baseball, truly capturing the importance of diversity and inclusion in a powerful way. Along with the screening, students had the opportunity to engage in a panel discussion with the film’s director and local historians Ed Epps and Luther Norman.
In partnership with the Spartanburg community, an exhibit of the Negro Baseball League’s history featuring memorabilia, important artifacts, videos, and other relics from this time period is on display at the school and is open to the public through the end of February.
In partnership with the Spartanburg community, the District has also arranged to host an exhibit of the Negro Baseball League’s history. This exhibit will be open to the public and will feature memorabilia, important artifacts, videos, and other relics from the Negro League and this time period.
Spartanburg High School is excited to bring awareness to the league, particularly given that the city once had their own Negro Baseball team, the Spartanburg Sluggers. The Spartanburg Sluggers played their games at historic Duncan Park (now home to the Spartanburg Vikings). Through a service project, students at Spartanburg High will play a role in preserving a rich piece of history that is lost. SHS will create a marker at Duncan Park that pays homage to the Spartanburg Sluggers and the Negro Baseball League. We hope this student involvement will strengthen ties within our school community and between our school and the Spartanburg community.
Spartanburg High School is excited to partner with The Other Boys of Summer, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Friends of Duncan Park, Luther Norman, and others to bring these meaningful opportunities to our community.
Additionally, our schools have planned a number of exciting opportunities for this month-long celebration which will be highlighted on our website and on social media. February will prove to be a momentous time as we celebrate our collective journey.
McCracken Middle School Celebrates the Harlem Renaissance
From poetry competitions to food trucks to guest artists to a history bowl competition, McCracken Middle School is "Celebrating the Harlem Renaissance" during Black History Month. Check out the amazing website they built to share the opportunities: http://mccrackentech.org/bhm/index2.html
The school will hold their assembly on Thursday, February 22, 2020, 8:30 am, which will include Dr. Carmen Harris, Ms. Stephanie Dawkins and the Spartanburg HS Step Team, Ms. Kizzy Rice and the Boys and Girls Club of the Cleveland Academy of Leadership, and Mr. Eric Tyus. You can watch the presentation live by, clicking here.