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Powerful self-expression marks Black History Month at Thunder Ridge Middle School

Powerful. Poignant. Heartbreaking. Inspiring.

Thunder Ridge Middle School students wrote and recorded heartfelt essays and compelling poems for the school’s “Know the Past, Create the Future” poetry and essay competition. The contest was part of the Thunder Ridge celebration of Black History Month.

Many students wrote about Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders of the civil rights movement. Some wrote about lesser-known figures such as Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, who was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in economics and the first woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Students were encouraged to amplify their voices and expand their artistic expression in their original works. Some students wrote about current issues or their own experiences with racism and discrimination. Still others voiced their hopes for the future: “Maybe one day we will wake up in a world where you are no different than me,” said Isabella Cabrera in her poem titled “Made of Memories.”

Enjoy the work of several Thunder Ridge students in the videos below.