McLoughlin Middle School in Medford to hold inaugural Black History Month assembly

MEDFORD, Ore — Many schools throughout the Rogue Valley are planning to celebrate Black History Month during February – a first for some.

McLoughlin Middle School is honoring the month with signage throughout the school recognizing Black history and culture. For the first time in school history, it will hold a Black History program to teach students about the significance of the month, and highlight notable Black influences.

Becca Laroi, assistant principal at McLoughlin Middle School, told NBC5 that the assembly is important for all children.

“It’s really incorporating all of our community and celebrating Black history that we know is American history,” Laroi said. “Really highlighting that this is an opportunity to uplift and celebrate a history that’s often been left out of our textbooks and culture. So it is an opportunity to do that.” 

Laroi said the assembly also plans too feature a choir and Black student speakers to discuss their life experiences.

The Medford School District and other Rogue Valley Schools are participating in Black History Month starting on Friday. All school buses, including Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) buses, will mark off a seat to honor civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

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The assembly at Mcloughlin is scheduled for February 25th, a day after the 4th annual Black Youth Leadership Summit led by Black Southern Oregon Alliance. The keynote speaker for the event will be civil rights activist Dr. Geneva Craig. More information can be found here: Black Southern Oregon Alliance

Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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