February 21st, 2019
Pennypack Elementary School had storyteller and musician, TAHIR, come into their school on February 19th to share some special stories in honor of Black History Month.
TAHIR puts on a one women show while telling her stories from different perspectives of those who are celebrated in Black History.
“By picking a character that they [students] can define by age and experience then they can get a better understanding of history,” TAHIR stated.
TAHIR shared the story of Ruby Bridges a six-year-old girl from the 1960s attending a new school named Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ruby Bridges was the first African American to attend an elementary school in the South. TAHIR decided to share this specific story because she said younger children can relate to the first day of school and understand the feelings Ruby was going through.
TAHIR has more than 100 hours of stories committed to memory, and has been doing her storytelling for 22 years.
TAHIR wanted Pennypack students to take away that love can conquer hate no matter what.