On February 25, 2014, Greater Union Baptist Church Tutorial Program was embraced with a wealth of information provided to them by members of The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Alpha Phi Chapter, of Pensacola, FL. The students were introduced to the study of Black History in America by being informed about the father of Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson. Afterwards, they were given the words with singing the Negro National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, acknowledging the author, James Weldon Johnson.
The elementary leveled students were read stories about President Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Harriet Tubman.” It is imperative that all black children be aware of where we are, how we made it through, and from where we came, in order to have some direction as to where we are going.
The middle and high school leveled students were guided through a Black History Scavenger Hunt. It gave them facts about eleven prominent blacks that made great contributions to America. They had to think and search for answers to the questions because they were not all just, right there answers. There were 15 questions to match the answers to, so they had to depict which ones were the answers to two of the questions as they did their follow-up matching activity. Their culminating activity was a BLACK HISTORY BINGO game that was created and designed to recall the facts that were covered by Debra Haynes, the chairperson of the program. She was assisted by Clareta Broadnax who was the caller for three different games: first, there was four corners, in which they could cover the name of the person to the answer only if they exist on either corner and or if there was a picture, which is a free space; the second game was regular bingo style; and the last game was BLACKOUT. A prize was given for the winner of each game.
At the end, each participant assembled for a ceremony to receive their certificate of completion. Refreshments were served. The other members of the local chapter, Alpha Phi, serving were: Ethel Coleman, Basileus and Photographer, Ruby Jackson, Francine Parker, Esther Gregory, Lillie Fuller, and Katie Thomas. The director of the tutorial program, Mrs. Caroline King, thanked the group and welcomed them to return next year. The twenty students participating had fun learning about the many contributions that their ancestors made to America.
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