We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: In order for our kids to be it, they need to see it.
That’s an important mantra this Milwaukee teacher encourages his class to live by throughout the year. See, for Black History Month, Terrence Sims’ 6th graders emulated famous Black books and album covers, replacing our icons with their own bright faces.
While this project dropped this earlier this month, Sims is clear that he works hard to spread this feeling of pride during the school year and not just during February.
“Black history has always been important to me, but as an educator, it is a crucial part of my job,” Sims recently told HelloGiggles.
“While February is an exciting time for Black history, I teach my students daily to love their skin and know their personal history.”
Be clear: This isn’t Sims first time celebrating Black excellence in the classroom.
Back in 2017, his class went viral for his students rapping their own verses over Tee Grizzley’s “First Day Out.”
Thank you Mr. Sims for all of your hard work!
These Teachers Have The Most Inspiring Black History Month Decorations We've Ever Seen!
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Black History Month. We’re ready! pic.twitter.com/1qk0JHoywK— darralyn (@daghill) January 30, 2019
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Check Chancellor Carranza yesterday at Leaders of Tomorrow in the Bronx! pic.twitter.com/6RUQvZy3nX— SADYE L. CAMPOAMOR (@SADYELCAMPOAMOR) January 31, 2019
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Ms. Turntine’s door is ready for Black History Month @EvermanJCBHigh! ♥️ pic.twitter.com/dDyQeedtRt— Shayla Pratt (@_shaylapratt) February 1, 2019
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Amazing classroom door decoration! We are gearing up for Black History Month and the teachers are getting competitive!!! My amazing secretary, Lori Cayea, helped Ms Mulcahy put this together!!! It’s beautiful 😍 pic.twitter.com/ZrJLF4MvZc— Michelle L. Fleming (@PBCSDTransform) January 24, 2019
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Sw😍😍ning over the start of my black history month door dedicated to my uncle Charlie, an original Tuskegee airman pic.twitter.com/LlKBt7rAZt— Miss Ford (@The_Ford_Focus) January 31, 2019
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Happy February ❤️💞 and Black History Month 💚❤️💛 from Panda Nation!! Check out Mrs. Williams , 5th Grade teacher Black History Door. pic.twitter.com/mrcOQwfDW2— 1300pandanation (@1300pandanation) February 1, 2019
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Teach them so they will know!!! Kicking Black History month off with my classroom door decoration! Please share!!! @MaconBlackPage @paulwbronson @RevRunWisdom @askdiamondshow @theblackpanther @Becauseofthem @SenKamalaHarris @TheEllenShow @Oprah pic.twitter.com/La9BFviubU— Nikki Nicole (@NikZetaGirl1920) January 31, 2019
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Our door for the Black History Month Door Decorating Contest at Knapp! We chose the beautiful @mistyonpointe. Not only did we learn facts about her life and the dance world, but we also had amazing discussions about race and body image. @NPSD #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/4JiV9sBbof— Sarah Kensinger (@skensingerNPSD) January 31, 2019
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This 6th Grade Class Turned Themselves Into Iconic Book Covers For Black History Month was originally published on hellobeautiful.com