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Elkins Park Recognizes Black History Month with PTO-Sponsored Speaker Assemblies

PTO-Sponsored Assembly Inspired by the pairing of Elkins Park Principal Brian Wallace’s daily confidence-building morning student assemblies and the Black History Month theme of “African-Americans and the Vote,” the EP PTO has arranged a lineup of area African-American guest speakers to speak with students throughout February.

Pennsylvania State Senator Art Haywood spoke on Monday, February 10 and shared with students that when he looks at them, he “sees beautiful people with the potential to change their community and the world.” He shared with the students that his own children attended Elkins Park School and went on to become an artist, veterinarian and real estate agent. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Montgomery County Deputy Chief Public Defender Keisha Hudson spoke with students about her role as a public defender - not just about being in the courtroom, but also about social justice, working to decrease people imprisoned in America and fighting racism and poverty in the criminal justice system.

Future speakers include CSD School Director Tyrone Scott, an educational advocate for the nonprofit First Up on Tuesday, Feb. 18; and Ken Lawrence, the first African-American commissioner in Montgomery County on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Other speakers will be announced as their dates are confirmed.