Students Pay Homage to a Human Rights Hero

During Black History Month, students throughout the Amityville School District are recognizing activists and trailblazers in the civil rights movement. One such hero who has served as an inspiration to all was former South African President and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, who passed away in December.

AMHS students honored Mr. Mandela’s legacy with a special assembly following his passing and they recently sent a personalized portrait poster of him to the South African Consulate General located in Manhattan. Students signed and wrote messages of thanks to the late leader on the poster. Imprisoned for 27 years, Nelson Mandela fought to bring an end to the South African National Party’s policy of segregation and related injustices toward people of color.

Advanced Placement World History teacher Dawn Levine is pictured here with her students, AMHS sophomores Katherine Eastwood and Alanna Iacovetti, who are displaying the poster prior to it being sent to the consulate. Ms. Levine is holding an accompanying letter written by the two girls in their class. AMHS librarian Tim Quinn, organizer of the Mandela tribute, is also pictured.

In their letter to the consulate, Katherine and Alanna wrote, “This is our allegiance and recognition of Nelson Mandela. For us, it is important to remember and recognize the commitments he made for change.”