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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day for short) on the third Monday of January.

Do You Know Your Presidents?

Who was the first black President of the United States?

Do You Know Your Vice Presidents?

Who was the first black Vice President of the United States?

Black History Month

February is Black History Month.

Palms holds a Black History Assembly (theme: "I Have a Dream") where students perform -- singing, dancing, doing skits, etc. -- in recognition of African-American culture. The Palms Jazz Band often performs. Other forms of recognition occur throughout the month.

Black History Program

Friday, February 25, 2022

For further information, check the School Calendar and watch for news announcements.

Black History Challenge

Can you identify these famous black Americans? Answers are below but don't click or tap until you try to answer the questions yourself.

This person...

  1. ...invented a machine called a "lasting machine" that stitched the leather of a shoe to its sole.
  2. ...served three years in reform school for attempted burglary before writing many famous rock-and-roll songs.
  3. ...sang in church choirs while growing up as the granddaughter of two Methodist ministers.
  4. ...worked at a childcare center before becoming a well-known political figure.
  5. ...was a one-time Nation of Islam minister and was assassinated while giving a speech in 1965.
  6. ...had first and middle names "Edward Kennedy" at birth.
  7. ...was the first black congresswoman to be elected from the Deep South.
  8. ...was a Harvard graduate and played a role in starting the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
  9. ...helped register black voters in Mississippi and led boycotts there of firms that practiced racial discrimination.
  10. ...was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in making an Arab-Israeli peace in 1949.

Source: EducationWorld

Picture Question

Do you know where this Martlin Luther King Jr. Memorial is? Have you been to see it? Would you like to?

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

The answer to the first question is upside-down below.

Answer to Picture Question

Answer to MLK picture question

Black History Month 2021

Winners of the Sixth Grade Leadership Black History Month Art Contest:

  • Eleanor Buckner for her drawing of scientist George Washington Carver
  • Camilla Piubeni for her drawing of boxer Muhammad Ali

George Washington Carver by Eleanor Buckner

Muhammad Ali by Camilla Piubeni

Black History Month Shows by Sixth Grade Leadership

Spring 2019: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: honoring Aretha Franklin

Spring 2020: Motown Show

MLK Day of Service

The MLK Day of Service is a chance to help your neighbors and community on MLK Day. On this day, everyone is encouraged to serve, educate, volunteer, and share.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'

Participating in the MLK Day of Service is a great way to answer!

For ideas, download the 2015 MLK Day of Service flyer.

I Have a Dream
Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

-- from the "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., August 28, 1963, Washington, DC