The Waukegan High School (WHS) African American Club is hosting two unique education-themed events this month, in honor of Black History Month. The events are aimed at helping students identify important issues, and encouraging them to be advocates for their education, said William McHenry the African American Club sponsor and junior English teacher at WHS.
On Thursday, Feb. 16, club members will facilitate a panel discussion titled: “Jambalaya Education: A Multicultural Perspective.” The discussion, which will feature educators and administrators from Waukegan Public Schools, as well as instructors in higher education, will offer insight into the struggles faced by African American and Latino students in urban education. WHS juniors will lead the discussion, centered on their recent reading of Always Running by Luis Rodriguez. The free event will begin at 5 p.m. in Brett Theater at the Brookside Campus.
On Feb. 25, the African American Club will host “School Daze: The Black and Brown Experience.” The evening features a catered dinner and show. The show includes live music, singing, and dancing, and spoken word performers. The event is billed as the annual ”Other Grammys.” There will also be honors awarded to WHS students in several unique categories.
The School Daze dinner and show is open to the community. Cost is $20 per person, which includes a catered Soul food dinner and entry to the show. The evening begins at 5 p.m. at the Brookside Campus. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can contact Mr. McHenry at firstname.lastname@example.org.