On Wednesday, Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School recognized the contributions of African-Americans throughout history and celebrated their own “Hidden Figures” during a Black History Month Celebration.
Students sang, played African drums, made presentations about the Freedom Riders (civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the southern United States in the 1960s to protest unconstitutional racial segregation on public buses) and Hidden Figures (three African-American women mathematicians who made great contributions to the NASA space program in the 1960s), had a living museum with students representing figures from throughout history (including Edmund J. O’Neal, for whom their school is named), and acted in a skit about Henry “Box” Brown, a Virginia slave who escaped to freedom in 1849 by arranging to have himself mailed in a wooden crate to abolitionists in Philadelphia.
The school-wide assembly closed with door prizes for the classes with the best-decorated, Black history-themed doors, and a presentation of trophies to people who make a difference at the school but do not always receive recognition. O’Neal’s Hidden Figures are:
George De Souza
Community helpers and parents
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