MHS Black Culture Club is hosting weekly and ongoing events throughout February
Malden High School students and staff once again have begun a recognition and celebration of Black History Month with a continuous series of meaningful activities throughout February.
This year’s Black History Month theme is “Black Health and Wellness.” According to national organizers, “the importance of yearly themes is to focus the attention on a particular aspect of Black culture and experience” and this year’s “focus will celebrate the contributions and breakthroughs of Black professionals as well as speaking to the cultural richness of those ‘non-traditional’ health and wellness practitioners…”
The MHS Black Culture Club and its advisors, Taysia Holmes and Kristy Magras, helped kick off Black History Month on Wednesday with the first of its planned “Wellness Wednesdays.” The Malden High School group has chosen to focus on and discuss “the intersection of race and mental health in a brave/safe and confidential space.” Their first topic this week on Wednesday was “Let’s Break Down the Stigma” – held after school in the Pathways Office beginning at 2:30 p.m. Further discussion/workshop groups are planned for Wednesday, February 9 (“Coping Skills); and Wednesday, February 16 (“Black Joy”). All are welcome.
Another focus of the Black Culture Club during Black History Month is another weekly series of discussion groups, this one centering on spotlighting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the nation. Some of the leading HBCUs in the United States are Howard University, Xavier University, Hampton University, Morehouse College, Tuskegee University and Florida A&M University, among many others.
In addition, a popular interactive activity returns this year with the Black History Month Door Decorating Contest. This contest includes small student groups who volunteer to decorate classroom and office doors with a chosen theme of Black Culture and History. In the past, dozens of doors have been decorated by enthusiastic student groups, much to the delight of the recipients, be they faculty and their classrooms or administrators and their offices.
Fifth-year MHS Principal Chris Mastrangelo commended the Black Culture Club students and their advisors on their planning and preparation for this “important recognition and acknowledgement of Black history and culture.” “Our students and staff work so hard on planning for Black History Month, which is one of the highlights of the year for everyone at Malden High School,” Mastrangelo said. “The Door Decorating program has so much meaning for both those who participate in the decorating as well as the recipients, with so many themes, topics and sharing of information.”
“So many lessons are learned by just walking around the halls of our school and seeing this type of amazing creativity at this time of year,” the MHS principal added.