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Spring Break Trip to DC
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 10:25 AM

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This past Spring Break, Ms. Courtney Bell took eight scholars on a trip to the East Coast to explore African American History in Washington, D.C. and three burroughs of New York in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Harlem. The trip was named Bell Institute in that the scholars would visit various African American historic sites and landmarks during the trip. The six day excursion began in Washington, D.C. in which she took the group to the Shaw Neighborhood near Howard University.  The Shaw Neighborhood is a historically African American neighborhood home to the Howard Theatre, Ben's Chili Bowl and one of the oldest neighborhoods in DC.  The area was devastated by the 1968 riots that followed the assissination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  While in DC we visited the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture which opened in September of 2016.
 
From our Nation's Capital we took the Amtrak Train to New York and explored the burroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Harlem.  While in Manhattan the scholars visited the African Burial Grounds (in which the Federal District of Manhattan's sits upon).  The scholars also took in a Broadway play, "Once On This Island" ironically the same play that the students at North High School did a production on a couple of weeks ago.  The trip was some what of a fairwell to the Seniors that took Ms. Bell's African American History class while scholars at North High.  The scholars got an opportunity to really experience the East Coast because their mode of transportation consist of the metro train and bus system (which was an experience in and of itself).   Other places that were visited included Weeksville (one of the first African settlements in New York), the Schomburg Library, Harlem Hospital, and the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Harlem Market to name a few.