The staff and students of Brawley Union High School have recently been treated to a marvelous, two-week long cultural event in honor of African-American History Month thanks to the dedication and initiative of two staff members, Brenda Haley, careers specialist, and Ronette Jones, teacher.
Much to the edification and delight of students and staff, the two women orchestrated and hosted a rich, interactive display of paintings, books, cultural artifacts, historical lectures and multi-screen video histories of important and contributing African-Americans. In addition, business and service industry professionals from the African-American community were available to share their own experiences and historical insights with event guests.
Students and staff moved leisurely through the colorful, multi-faceted display, handling cultural artifacts and books, listening to mini-lectures on the old Negro leagues and life on a Mississippi plantation, watching video clips and looking at a rich display of African textiles and cultural histories mounted on the walls. Many students were individually amazed and enlightened as an increasing awareness of the many contributions of African-Americans to our cultural heritage dawned upon them.