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February 7, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you are aware, February is Black History Month and I have been remiss in detailing how Hoboken Catholic Academy will commemorate and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions that people of color have made and continue to make throughout the history of our country.  

There will be a Black History Month Prayer Service on Friday, February 15th at 8:15 in the gym.  All parents are invited to attend.   During that ceremony, our students will present readings from scripture as well as prominent African American heroes, professing perseverance and hope.  Together, we will thank God for the contributions of people of color and ask his blessings as we look to promote respect, tolerance and love.

Each morning, in addition to our daily reading and prayers, an eighth grader recites the Pledge of Allegiance as well as the leadership lesson of the day.  The leadership lesson is typically an inspirational quote from authors, world leaders, educators, athletes and other prominent people, currently and in history.  During the month of February, each of the leadership lessons will come from prominent African American leaders past and present.   Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Booker T. Washington, Jackie Robinson, Barak Obama, Thurgood Marshall, Frederick Douglas, Jessie Owens, Sarah Louise Delany, Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, Marian Wright Edelman and other statesmen, athletes and champions of civil rights will be highlighted.

In each of our grade levels, in reading and history classes, students will read and learn about great Americans who have overcome great struggles to teach us all about strength, perseverance and faith.  Students will learn that Black History is indeed American History and that though we still have a long way to go, we have much to celebrate.

Matthew McGrath