8th Grade and Studies of African American Leaders

EDS students enjoy opportunities to celebrate diversity and great leaders throughout the year. Students in the 8th grade Leadership classes will study several African American leaders throughout Black History Month. Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery in 1813 but went on to become a writer, reformer, and abolitionist. Born in 1866, Matthew Henson became the first African American Arctic explorer. In 1957, nine African American students known as the Little Rock Nine risked their lives when they volunteered to be the first students to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wilma Rudolph overcame crippling physical disabilities to become the first American female winner of three gold medals in track and field when she competed in the 1960 Olympics. From these inspiring stories of great sacrifice and leadership, our students will learn valuable lessons that serve as solid foundations for life.


Harriet Jacobs                              Matthew Henson


Little Rock Nine
                                                 Wilma Rudolph

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