CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – Chattanooga Prep will put on its Speak Like a King Event this week (2/22-2/26 2021). It has to be virtual this year, because of the pandemic, but on the bright side, the whole world can see it.
Art Teacher Ryan Carl says, “We are picking different civil rights people; figures. You know, representing them and what they fought for in several different ways, so.”
Montrell Besley is the Director of Community Engagement at Chattanooga Prep.
He says, “Usually Black History Month or shall I say out “Speak Like a King” event is in January, but because of the pandemic, do you know things kind a turned us upside down. So, everything will be pre-recorded for “Speak Like a King” and the Black History Living Museum. We are going to air it on Facebook. We are going to air it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so all of our social media accounts. So it will not be anything live.”
Cedrik Daniels is an 8th grader at Chattanooga Prep.
He explains, “Since this Covid, and we have to do it online, I have to be able to get my point across. I’ll get them to understand where I’m coming from much better.”
Besley adds, “No matter what obstacle that is in your way, you have to think outside of the box. You have to learn how to navigate. And that is what we are teaching our boys here at Chatt Prep. You have to learn, no matter what obstacle that is in your way, you have to think outside of the box. You have to learn how to navigate, and that is what we are teaching our boys here at Chatt Prep. You have to learn how to navigate situation. Black History Month and our local elections came around (with) perfect timing. This is actually giving us an opportunity to show you know, so our young people (see) how important it is to get out here and vote for people that you want to represent you. And they have that power too. And the way that black history works, our young men are looking back at the history of what the leaders who have came before us had to fight for for to earn us the right to do. It’s important to celebrate your heritage. If you don’t know where you have been, there is no way you can know where you are going. And we like to teach as students that through different things. Whether it’s in the classroom or outside of the classroom. And in this case in point it is outside of the classroom.”