Celebrating Black History Month

Throughout February, Dominican has celebrated Black History Month. Students in our Social Justice Committee selected the theme of "Why Representation Matters."

Panel Interviews

Small groups of students have participated in interviews with current leaders in the Black community in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. This past Tuesday, Dominican welcomed (virtually) Milwaukee Alderwoman Milele Coggs, pictured above. Alderwoman Coggs shared her path to serving the community and offered advice for students interested in public service.

Lt. Gov. Barnes Full Interview

Dominican students had the opportunity to ask questions and visit with Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, and Milwaukee native, Mandela Barnes, over Zoom. Our students were able to ask several questions ranging from education, representation, advice, and inspiration. Above is the full interview.

Alderwoman Coggs Full Interview

Alderwoman Milele Coggs met with members of our Social Justice Committee and students that live in her district as a part of our Black History Month Theme: Why Representation Matters. Alderwoman Coggs talked to our students about why she has devoted her life to public service, what she is proud of, people that have inspired her, what is most important to her in her work, and advice for anyone considering a career in public service. Above is the full interview.

Student Opportunities to Participate

Music Mondays
Each Monday during lunch, students have heard a selection of music from a variety of Black artists from a selected decade. Our final music Monday will include selections from the 1970s.

Movie Thursdays

Each Thursday, students have had the opportunity to relax and take in a movie during their lunch hour that both celebrates the accomplishments in the Black Community and addresses the challenges faced. Our final Movie Thursday will feature “The Hate You Give” and includes a post film discussion led by Ms. Ebony Lewis.

Black History Month Bingo

Each day during the morning and afternoon announcements, students hear a variety of facts about leaders in the Black community, both past and present, and follow along on their own bingo cards. Bingo winners receive gift cards to Black owned businesses inside the Sherman Phoenix in Milwaukee’s Central City.

Art Workshops with NAHS
Each week National Art Honors Society (NAHS) has provided art workshops integrating traditional themes and topics in Black culture.

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