Plaisance Elementary is using the arts to teach students about black history.
Black history and pride are showcased throughout the school. Music and art are helping the students learn.
“Everyone can see what black history is and how it empowers us,” 12-year old Sidney Freeman said.
Freeman is preparing for his school’s upcoming program. The song he’s singing is about change.
“Peace and equality should be on this earth,” Freeman said. “Right now it’s a time that everyone is not at peace.”
It’s a reason why the school is teaching students to love and embrace who they are.
With elaborate decorations on the doors, principal Dr. Monica Fabre says she hopes to teach the students a lesson that will go beyond the classroom.
“I want them to learn that they’re an heir to this nation,” Fabre said. “That they should walk high, proud and be happy in the skin that they’re in. They should love the hair that they wear.”
Fabre is hoping to pass down a history that resonates with her family.
“My grandfather is a son of a slave,” Fabre said. “He made the best of his life and he instilled in his whole family the importance of liberation and that’s education. I want my students to learn their value. I want my students to know that they are great.”
Freeman added, “It makes me feel confident in my skin I’m confident to be who I am. I stand tall and I’m proud of who I am.”