On Friday Feb. 8, students at Diggs-Latham Elementary School gathered in the gym for a “Read-In” event to commemorate the “Sit-In Movement” from the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Guests from the Anderson High School Alumni Association, Friends of Diggs-Latham, area churches, the school’s Central Office and teachers from the school greeted students at reading stations.
Each reader shared some history of the Greensboro and Winston-Salem sit-ins and displayed such artifacts as Kente cloth, art, and
photographs before reading to students from books related to Black History Month and to famous African-Americans.
Many teachers and students were dressed in Afro-centric attire or wore something orange, which represents unity. The celebration ended with a small reception for guests. Each guest received a special gift from the school, including a handmade clay magnet.
The Read-In to honor the Sit-In Movement was organized by the Arts Team and Black History Committee under the direction of Amanda Gordon, the art teacher who serves as the Specialist and Committee Chairperson. Home Moravian Church, which is one of the school’s community partners, sponsored the reception.
On Friday, Feb. 22, the school will complete its celebration of Black History Month with an assembly that will include a keynote speaker and performances by students and members of the community.