Black History Month has special meaning at Springfield school

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts schools have begun to observe Black History Month.

The time is particularly meaningful at Springfield’s William N. DeBerry Elementary School.

The Union Street school is named in honor of the Springfield minister, educator, and civil rights leader of the early 20th Century; whose accomplishments are part of the lesson taught during this month’s observance.

“We like to teach the children all about our history, all about William N. DeBerry and the sacrifices he made, and the accomplishments he made during the time where blacks were not allowed to receive an education,” DeBerry adjustment counselor Theresa Bryant said.

The William N. DeBerry School began observing Black History Month 32 years ago. All through February, the children become familiar with iconic figures in the Civil Rights Movement, along with others who have distinguished themselves in sports, the arts, and public service.

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