In celebration of Black History Month, the Natchitoches Parish School District is spotlighting several of its teachers and students to get their own thoughts on the importance of Black History Month and what it means to them. This spotlight features Jermaine Thomas from the Natchitoches Junior High.
“Black history symbolizes the meaning of the past, present, and future,” said Thomas. “It serves the purpose of being prideful in who you are, where you came from, and where you’re heading in the future. Being a figure that is involved in black history allows me to acknowledge and represent work that was paid for many years ago by ancestors and forefathers from centuries ago. It gives me great pleasure in being a black man that represents the field of Education. We have to continue encouraging, motivating, and educating individuals of not just the black race, but of ALL races. Black history, in my opinion, represents equality and justice. The lives, faith, and beliefs that were placed on the line to make the story of what we now call ‘Black History’ shall forever be appreciated and never forgotten! I’m grateful for Black History and this is the true epitome of what it symbolizes to me.”