LPHS’ new Black History Month mural
Originally pitched by senior Jamaal Salary, art teachers and students are currently working on a new mural all centered around Black History Month.
Art teachers Mr. Turner and Mrs. Lebo are leading the way for this project along with seniors Tori Kegebein, Joshua Hurst, Payton Joseph, and Nellijah Fleming.
The mural was thought of and sketched by Turner who is passionate about giving student’s platforms to speak from.
“It’s important for a school to be diverse and represent all of the students no matter their differences,” Turner said.
Located on Main Street by the restrooms, the mural depicts many empowering black lives that inspired movements and achieved firsts for black culture such as Jackie Robinson and Frederick Douglass.
Throughout the month of February, students have been spreading awareness on black history and why it’s important to go beyond this month.
Fleming is not only working on this project, but she’s also arranging for videos and articles to be posted educating the school community on black history.
Salary thought of this brilliant idea when the month started.
“I can’t really take the credit for it to be honest with you. I just thought of the idea and Turner and Tori really put it into reality, but I just wanted to do, help, and be a part of something that future Slicers will be able to look upon and be inspired by the heroes in the mural,” Salary said.
Principal Alber chose the location based on where students often are. He wanted this mural to be somewhere where students and staff get the opportunity to see it multiple times a day.
The mural is expected to be finished within the next couple of weeks.