Former NFL player to headline U-46 Black History Month program

  • Motivational speaker and former NFL linebacker Robert Jackson will speak at Larkin High School on Feb. 19 as part of Elgin Area School District U-46's Black History Month celebration. Jackson and district officials will recognize 13 black students from U-46's five high schools who have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.4 or above as of last semester.

    Motivational speaker and former NFL linebacker Robert Jackson will speak at Larkin High School on Feb. 19 as part of Elgin Area School District U-46's Black History Month celebration. Jackson and district officials will recognize 13 black students from U-46's five high schools who have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.4 or above as of last semester. Courtesy of Elgin Area School District U-46

  • Motivational speaker, former NFL linebacker and teacher Robert Jackson will speak at Larkin High School on Feb. 19 as part of Elgin Area School District U-46's Black History Month celebration. Jackson teaches on topics of cultural diversity, restorative practices, socio-emotional learning, and how to retain troubled students in school.

    Motivational speaker, former NFL linebacker and teacher Robert Jackson will speak at Larkin High School on Feb. 19 as part of Elgin Area School District U-46's Black History Month celebration. Jackson teaches on topics of cultural diversity, restorative practices, socio-emotional learning, and how to retain troubled students in school. Courtesy of Elgin Area School District U-46

 
 
Updated 2/11/2019 6:33 PM

Elgin Area School District U-46 schools will mark Black History Month with a series of classroom activities and after-school events kicking off this week.

Among the highlights is a talk by motivational speaker, former NFL linebacker and former teacher Robert Jackson on Feb. 19 at Larkin High School in Elgin.

by signing up you agree to our terms of service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Jackson will speak to U-46 families about how students can succeed inside and outside the classroom. The event titled "Nia (Purpose): A Toolkit for Living Your Best Life" starts at 6:30 p.m. at the school, 1475 Larkin Ave.

Jackson teaches on topics of cultural diversity, restorative practices, socio-emotional learning and how to retain troubled students in school. He urges parents to play a more active role in their children's education and works with students to overcome hardships through discipline and accountability.

During the program, district officials will recognize 13 black students from U-46's five high schools who have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.4 or higher as of last semester.

"Ambition, passion and ingenuity are inextricably part of our identity as black people," said April Wells, U-46 coordinator of gifted education. "We endeavor to uplift the spirits of the scholars we serve by giving them a mirror through which to see their authentic identities."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Black History Month events include:

• Friday -- "Hidden Figures" movie screening, during lunch, Streamwood High School auditorium, 701 W. Schaumburg Road

• Saturday -- Black History Club Alumni Legends Brunch, 10 a.m., Larkin High School Black Box Theater, 1475 Larkin Ave., Elgin

• Feb. 19 -- Larkin High School Black History Club Open Mic Night, 6:30 p.m., Studio 270, Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin

• Feb. 21 -- African-American drums and storytelling, 8:30 a.m., Heritage Elementary School, 507 Arnold Ave., Streamwood

• Feb. 22 -- Larkin High School Black History Club Teen Leadership Conference, 9 a.m., Studio 270, Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin

• Feb. 26 -- Black History Club screening of "The Hate U Give," 8 a.m., Larkin High School Auditorium, 1475 Larkin Ave., Elgin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

• Feb. 27 -- African-American Student Union program, periods 2 and 3, Streamwood High School Auditorium, 701 W. Schaumburg Road

• Feb. 27 -- Minority Alliance Coalition Banquet with original works of poetry and music through Guide Right and the Diamond Foundation, 7 p.m., Bartlett High School, 701 W. Schick Road. The school's library will host seminars and workshops showcasing the civil rights movement throughout the month.

• Feb. 28 -- Black History Club "Tunnel of Oppression" interactive theater experience, during school day, Larkin High School Black Box Theater, 1475 Larkin Ave., Elgin. Students will participate in a scene depicting the civil rights era during segregation and will walk through a museum of student-led research to learn about black history.

0 Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.