Picture of Oretha Castle Haley, prominent civil and women’s rights activist

During February’s Super Saturday, BTNOLA middle school students had an opportunity to learn about notable African-American figures in New Orleans. Students are typically taught about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X during their Civil Rights Movement unit in school.

However, we wanted to show students that we had leading figures, such as as the previously mentioned ones, in New Orleans during that period as well. Students were asked how they were going to leave their mark on New Orleans as a creative writing prompt.

After completing the prompt, students had the opportunity to learn about how these figures left their mark on New Orleans in the form of a gallery walk. Throughout the hallway, there were various biographies of Oretha Castle Haley, Leah Chase, Ernest N. Morial, Dorothy Mae Taylor, and Sylvanie Williams. 

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