Ensign Elementary received one of 200 nationwide pop-up exhibits from the National Archives, The Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the landmark Bill of Rights document. The Bill of Rights and You exhibit spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is considered one of the crowning legislative achievements of the Civil Rights Movement. As part of this exhibit we have created a learning classroom with the display, copies of the original and updated Bill of Rights, and an interactive area for Civil Rights lessons.
On February 2nd we had the honor of a visit from Reverend France A. Davis. He talked to our entire school about his experiences growing up with segregation and marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other peaceful civil rights leaders during the Civil Rights Movement. He was present for the famous and pivotal “I have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reverend Davis talked about some of the civil rights activities he participated in that lead up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The students had more questions for him than he could answer, and were so thrilled to meet him, many staying afterwards to shake his hand. The students had a thank you surprise for Reverend France A. Davis, they had learned and performed for him the song We Shall Overcome. He had some advice to give the students (the following is a summary, not a quote).
1. Do everything within your power to be prepared so you can do your best in whatever you want to accomplish.
2. Be ready to notice when the "ground swells" ... when opportunity to something arises. And when there is a need for action .... have the courage to take action.
3. Have bold Vision and believe in your Vision. And don't be afraid to believe big.
4. Communicate effectively and respectfully with everyone ... especially those with whom you may disagree.It was an incredibly memorable event for everyone involved.
It was a memorable event for everyone involved.
Since then,students have had the additional privilege of getting to learn from our very own Dr. Bobbie Kirby about her experiences with segregation during her childhood. Thank you for sharing your experiences!