Black History Opens New Doors to Learning
Tate, Alysia, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Alysia Tate Daily Herald Staff Writer
When Bessie Smith was his age, she sang on street corners for spare change.
And even though 9-year-old Demarco Stokes of Arlington Heights has had a very different childhood than the blues queen, learning about her life was Stokes' favorite part of Black History Month.
"She lived to be really, really old, but she didn't always have a good life," he said. "But she sang a song that I liked."
Stokes shared that song, "Mr. Rich Man," with his class at Virginia Lake Elementary School in Palatine as part of activities planned by his teacher, Deborah Turner, who has been teaching there for 13 years.
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Publication information: Article title: Black History Opens New Doors to Learning. Contributors: Tate, Alysia - Author. Newspaper title: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Publication date: March 6, 1997. Page number: 1. © 2009 Paddock Publications. COPYRIGHT 1997 Gale Group.
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