SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Students at Springfield’s Martin Luther King Junior Charter School took a unique approach to Black History Month on Friday. Dozens of fifth grade students portrayed noted African-Americans in a wax museum-style presentation, honoring both prominent and less well-known historical figures.
Asani Irwin chose to be Fanny Coppin. “She is the first black woman to lead an institution of higher learning,” she explained. “I selected her because many people don’t know who she is and people need to know what she did.”
And Denzel Clark selected the boxer Jack Johnson. “I wanted to know lots about history, how he started his career as a boxer. I wanted to know how he lived his life in many ways of being hated and loved all at the same time.”
The Martin Luther King, Junior Charter School was founded five years ago. This week, the state’s Board of Education extended the school’s approval for another five years.