Black History Month was celebrated in Class 10CJ with a special assembly looking at the work of black artists. The pupils prepared for the assembly by carrying out plenty of research. Each student selected an artist to investigate. We looked at the style of art that they have created, as well as some of the ideas influencing their work.
The artists chosen were a mix from the past and present. Maya Angelou and James Vander Zee featured heavily during our presentation. We also explained the importance of the Harlem Renaissance in changing attitudes towards black artists. It also helped black artists to develop a sense of pride in their work.
Our assembly included a series of slides showing how the Harlem Renaissance artists took to the streets to highlight how art can play a role in helping to celebrate black pride. The students read out some powerful quotes from Maya Angelou that we thought were inspiring to hear.