Living museum helps Gautier students learn black history

By Patrice Clark- bio | email

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - From the powerful words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the magnificent poetry of Maya Angelou, Gautier students on Friday brought to life the messages of extraordinary blacks.

All the great history was in the Gautier Middle School Motion Museum. Organizer Kim Jordan said her vision was for students to learn about the past in a creative and artistic way.

"We have everything from the Underground Railroad, all the way through civil rights that represents art, science, history, mathematics, and African culture," Jordan said.

There was a jazz tribute to honor legendary musicians like Duke Ellington. While some of the famous names were unfamiliar to both students and staff members, there was never a dull moment.

"The young people are our future. If they don't learn it early, they won't know they can achieve anything they want to," Jordan said. "People in the past like Martin Luther King and Barack Obama have achieved greatness, and I hope for the same greatness out of my students."

Eighth graders Justice Coleman and Audra Thompson said they are striving to reach that kind of greatness every day in school. The two look at the exhibit as a celebration of a rich culture that's uniquely American.

"I like that not only black, but everybody is learning about black history," Coleman said.

"The more you learn, the more you can do in life. Black history is more than just a month, it's something that is important to a lot of people," Thompson said.