Ashford elementary teacher dresses as black icons throughout Black History Month

Published: Feb. 4, 2021 at 3:34 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Throughout February students at Ashford Elementary School will be learning all about black scientists, poets, and civil rights activists, and one teacher is bringing the lessons to life.

“Monday I was Ruby Bridges. Tuesday I was Maya Angelou. Yesterday I was Condoleezza Rice,” says Ashford Elementary 4th grade American history teacher Patricia Freeman.

Mrs. Freeman is teaching her student about Black History Month by dressing up as black icons and sharing facts about how each shaped history every day this month.

“It looks like we’re back in time and it’s great that she teaches us new things about people who fought for our rights and our civil rights,” says her student Zaria Jackson.

She decided to trade the textbooks for a more fun approach to learning.

“It’s good to read and be in the books but it’s also better when you can actually show them how that person dresses and they will always remember that visual,” says Freeman.

She’s giving her students the chance to conduct their own research on a black Alabamian, dress like them, and present what they learned.

“It’s really fun, it’s also creative and it’s so exciting what we’re going to do,” says her student Alejandro Gonzalez.

She’s challenging them to find history makers that are less well known.

“I’ll be researching Claudette Colvin, the 15-year-old who was arrested for refusing to give up her seat 9 months before Rosa Parks,” says student Ansleigh Erwin.

“It lets us learn about a huge variety of people that we didn’t know beforehand. Like you can just say hey this is the president but then there’s like all these other people that I can research other than just that one person,” says student Brian Thompson.

“I am very glad that I can take this month and celebrate black history with my kids,” says Freeman.

You can find pictures of Mrs. Freeman dressing up daily on Ashford Elementary’s Facebook page.

Ms. Freeman chose to dress as rosa parks today to celebrate Parks’s108th birthday.

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