Thirman L. Milner School Students Bring Home Top Prize in African & African-American History Bee
Reprising their victory from last year, the students on The Thirman L. Milner School’s team brought home the top prize in this year’s 2nd Annual African & African-American History Bee. The event, hosted by Hartford Public Library is sponsored by Calling All Brothers.
The campaign, called “Calling All Brothers,” was launched by Pastor A.J. Johnson and DeVaughn Ward. “The way our country and leadership portrays black men is disturbing,” stated Pastor Johnson.
This group has offered positivity to our Hartford students in many ways. The most memorable is the group’s organizing of 100 Black Men; men of many professions dressed in their best, who welcome students back to school every year at Martin Luther King Jr. School. Their hope is portray a more POSITIVE image of Black Men.
On February 25, 2017 the group hosted its 2nd annual African & African-American History Bee at the Hartford Public Library in downtown Hartford. The contest took form like the popular TV Show, Jeopardy. It was hosted by NBC Connecticut News Anchor, Leslie Mayes. The contestants came from area elementary schools: Martin Luther King School, Fred D. Wish Elementary School, Thirman L. Milner School (whose team is pictured above,) and Simpson Waverly School. Members of Calling All Brothers served as mentors while conducting working lunches during the weeks preceding the contest. Calling All Brothers members met the students at their perspective schools 1 to 2 days per week to coach and quiz the students on Black History Facts.
It was an amazing day of healthy competition between the students and the Brothers alike. The staff members in attendance at all levels showed school spirit.
In the end, Thirman L. Milner School’s team, Chaelin Scott, Edgar Aponte, Jahari Irving, Kemar Kerr, and Jaheim James emerged victorious. Contestants from Wish School brought home Second Prize. All students were awarded certificates and medals for their participation. The winning school was also awarded a trophy. Thank you Calling All Brothers for being a pivotal role model for our students.