Celebrating Black History Month within our Curriculum

During February, Tatnall actively celebrated Black History Month. Specifically, we further emphasized the cultural significance of Black history and people and used their additions to the world as valuable teaching moments across our divisions. 

We had the opportunity to sit in on Upper School students' presentations in Mr. Scott's class about a Supreme Court case that they believed had a significant impact on race/race relations/racism in the United States.

Students were required to address the facts of the case while explaining the key constitutional questions raised by the case. Students then provided a critical analysis of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case, with all majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions being considered in their analysis. After their presentation, students then discussed the impact of this decision and its possible connection to another Supreme Court case and lead peer discussions regarding the case. The main goal of this assignment was to help students understand the different types of racial discrimination that exist in the United States, the role the Supreme Court plays in shaping issues related to race/systemic racism, and how it is currently looking at addressing the impact of racial discrimination. Some of the cases students presented included: 

  • Brown v. Board of Education (School desegregation)
  • Loving v. Virginia (Interracial marriage)
  • Terry v. Ohio (Stop and Frisk) 
  • Bell v. Maryland (Discrimination at a privately owned restaurant)
  • Shelley v. Kraemer (Discrimination in housing agreements)
  • Evans v. Newton (Discrimination in a privately owned public park)
  • Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (Affirmative Action)
  • Grutter v. Bollinger (Affirmative Action)
  • Fisher v. University of Texas (Affirmative Action)

Additionally, our Lower School students researched notable, inspiring, and ground-breaking Black people in History. Students would then present their figure’s stories at Community Gathering, where their peers, staff, and faculty were able to reflect and discuss the impact that person had on the life we live today.