Normandy MS Honors St. Louis Civil Right Pioneers

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A Normandy middle school is the site of a television production on the civil rights movement. Kim Hudson has the story of how modern technology helps teach today's teens about black history.

"We have a program called, 'History in the First Person.'  And for Black History Month, we decided to bring in civil rights leaders from St. Louis."

Bernice Thompson and Percy green, to be exact.  And Thursday morning at Barack Obama elementary school in the Normandy school district, black history was going to go live.

"We have 7 schools signed up via video conference to join us today.  So, we will be sending the signal out to those 7 schools all across the country."

The higher education channel brought a crew, hosts and equipment even turning an office into a control room.

"We want to go into the community and let people see what we're doing and let the kids have a chance to see a TV production as well as learn about History in the First Person."

"Some might think that all the cameras, and the production lights, and the projectors aren't all that necessary.  Why can't kids just study Black History through books in classrooms?"

"Well, I think that this is a great opportunity for people to see the importance of technology and the role that it plays, not only in our everyday lives, because we sometimes think, 'Oh, I'm just using this to get through the day.'  But, the technology is a great way to share learning."

The cameras were rolling but the kids kept their eyes on the prize.

"I think that the part that they're most excited about is being able to honor these civil rights leaders."

For more on black history month go to KPLR11.com and look for the link in the hot trends bar.

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