A middle school has created an exciting lesson for eighth graders whose student mural honors civil rights heroine Claudette Colvin.
At Wiley H Bates Middle School in Annapolis, a Facebook post prompted a conversation that turned into the reason for eighth grade students to be excited about going to school the day before winter break. Laura Brino, the school’s arts integration specialist saw a mural on Facebook that was done at a different school and thought it would fit into what the students were currently studying. She met with the language arts teachers to see where arts integration could be used before break. “I brought up the idea of the stair mural and it just snowballed from there. Our teachers are incredibly motivated and artistic,” said Brino.
Students were reading “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice” by Phillip Hoose, about the first African-American woman to protest segregation on public buses. The 120 students completed the project during the two days before winter break, and enjoyed the design. Each panel of the mural is installed on a stair riser.