The JFK Crusader Newsletter - February Issue
Black History Month. What does it mean to us? To some, it is to remem-ber our African American pioneers that accomplished the impossible. But to others, it's a month that should never exist. In Ms. Ortiz's American History class, the stu-dents created projects for Black History Month that further explain the issues of the many African Americans have endured. These classes were not afraid to tackle all of these issues– including the most challenging. For example, the Ku Klux Klan, is one of the deadliest and racist gangs of all time. They tortured not only those with dark skin but also the whites who protected African Americans. As Savannah Georgia tackles this serious issue in her project, reminding us how the Ku Klux Klan would lynch black men simply for looking in the eyes of a white person. The KKK believed that black men deserved to be 6 feet under or by the white man's side as a slave. Although these are such horrific events that we may not want to discuss, Savannah reminds us that we must learn about the mistakes of the past so we a re not doomed to repeat them.
Even the positives moves made in our country’s early civil rights history were not without controversy. The Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery, was passed in 1865. This angered the Southerners, while many Northerners were exult-ant about the new establishment. Many black people were still treated harshly after the amendment was initiated. And this created a confrontation between Northerners and Southerners. Both angry parties disputed about the freedom of slaves which later resulted in the 14th Amendment. This gave citizenship to all peo-ple born in the United States. It was not to be denied in any state and was to pro-tect all people.
During this historical time, African Americans faced severe conditions and con-flicts. The Reconstruction began the work which helped shape our lives today. The Reconstruction taught us that we are all a part of one. We have not yet have ful-filled all the goals that were set for us with the passing of these amendments, so we must always remember our past as we work to create a better future.
Learn more about the Reconstruction and the difficulties the African Americans encountered by reading the articles Ms.Ortiz’ class wrote on pages. 4-5 There you will understand the reasons we celebrate Black History Month. Happy read-ing!
By Darek Kordes
KENNEDY HS IS NOW AN I.B. DIPLOMA WORLD SCHOOL!!!
Hello Kennedy Crusaders,
Congratulations are in order as John F. Kennedy High School is now an authorized International Baccalaureate Diploma Program school.
Thank you all for the hard work, dedication to meeting the strict IB International Diploma Program requirements, and your talents which you brought to the table to make this happen. It was not easy. The hours of work you put into professional development, reading the IB Diploma Program literature, and meticulously developing each course outline has paid off. You need to know it is greatly appreciated, not only by me but the entire Kennedy High School community.
As we continue on this IB World School journey, I know this is the best path for the Garfield Ridge and Clearing communities. Our parents' expectation is a general public school option for their children, who want to remain in their neighborhoods to receive a Magnet School and Gifted Program education. We made this happen for them and now we need to do right by the children they entrusted to us.
I can not be more proud of your achievement. I look forward to helping support all of you in providing the best quality education to all the students in our school community.