HistoryMakers program held at Jack Robey

Jack Robey Junior High School recently participated in the third annual Back to School with the HistoryMakers program and welcomed HistoryMaker Adjoa Aiyetoro, director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity.

The HistoryMakers is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational institution founded in 1999, committed to preserving, developing and providing easy access to an internationally recognized, archival collection of thousands of African American video oral histories.

Jack Robey was paired with Aiyetoro, who was willing to continue her commitment to emphasizing the importance of education and shared her story of success, according to teacher Shelina Warren.

Aiyetoro toured the campus, observed classes and interacted with students as she spoke to them about committing to their futures. Students sang for her and gave her appreciation gifts at the end of the program.

The theme of the program was “commit” and goals of included:

• Bringing African American leaders into schools to see activity firsthand;

• Responding to President Obama’s call for service;

• Encouraging the process of bringing additional resources into the public school system such as the school’s digital archives;

• Raising awareness about the achievements of African Americans in their local communities.

Details: Visit www.thehistorymakers.com .