Mercy Home marked another educational and enriching Black History Month with a number of events and celebrations throughout February.
This year, the Youth Advisory Board and Diversity Committee collaborated to plan the month’s activities. The theme of this year’s Black History Month was Great Migrations, referring to the era when more than 6 million African-Americans from the rural American South relocated to the cities of the North, Midwest, and West from 1916 to 1970.
A global map was posted at each campus where kids and coworkers could plot their family’s ancestry and migration. Each of the homes at our girls campus was assigned a migration boom city and asked to prepare a five-minute presentation and poster board on that city. The presentations examined the cultural contributions of African Americans in the cities of New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Our boys homes also prepared art projects about the Great Migration that were displayed in the cafeteria.
Our kids weren’t the only ones celebrating the month—a group of our coworkers also marked Black History Month by wearing African dress for a whole week.
Throughout the month, culturally popular foods were served during dinner. This culminated in a Soul Food Dinner at each campus, where fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, cornbread, and sweet potatoes were served.
Black History Month also provided a great opportunity for our young women to share their talents with our coworkers and the other girls. A variety show was held on February 22 where our girls showed off a number of different skills, including presenting African-American inspired literature readings, including original works, music, dance and step numbers, and singing performances. The evening began with a performance of the Black National Anthem by Brittany Terrell, Asia, Chyna, and Anthaniya, and also included readings of original poetry by coworker Michael Akinlosotu and a musical performance by Tracy Lewis with many of our girls. All the participants did a wonderful job!