GLENDALE CHOSEN FOR INNOVATIVE PROGRAM
Glendale Primary School in Bedford, Ohio was chosen to participate in the 2nd Annual Back to School with The HistoryMakers program on Friday, September 23, 2011. On that day, more than 500 accomplished African American “HistoryMakers” reached over 25,000 students in nearly 35 states. Glendale was one of only a handful of Cleveland-area schools chosen to participate, as Dr. H. Leslie Adams, one of the HistoryMakers’ participants, specifically requested to speak at the school. In conjunction with NOTA (North Ohio Technology Association) and eTech Ohio, Glendale was able to offer this program as a distance learning opportunity to other K-8 schools throughout the state. Bedford High School, Heskett Middle School and Central Primary School were also able to watch the program and ask Dr. Adams questions via videoconferencing.
Dr. Adams, an accomplished composer, pianist, educator and arts advocate, addressed Glendale students, grades 1-3, in a 10 a.m. assembly. He recounted some of his own school experiences, explaining how his commitment to education was a critical key to his successful career. Two talented musicians, pianist Diana White-Gould and violist Eliesha Nelson joined Dr. Adams at the assembly and performed one of his compositions for the students. After the assembly, Dr. Adams spent the day at Glendale. He toured the school and Discovery Garden and sat in on classes, observing and interacting with the students in their educational setting.
Dr. Adams earned a Ph.D. in Music from The Ohio State University and has held numerous teaching positions, as well as having worked as a piano accompanist for ballet and other dance companies. Among his varied accomplishments, he has served as the composer-in-residence for both Karamu House and the Cleveland Music School Settlement, and as president and artist-in-resident for Creative arts, Inc. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from the National Association of Negro Women, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cleveland Foundation, and the Jennings Foundation, among others.
The HistoryMakers is a non-profit institution whose focus is to capture the stories of thousands of accomplished African Americans across all walks of life to establish a one-of-a-kind digital archive to be used as an educational resource for students, teachers, scholars, documentary producers and the media. The value of education and commitment to student achievement is at the core of the HistoryMakers’ mission. The organization decided to launch the annual Back to School program last year in an effort to bring the living legends—the “HistoryMakers”—into the schools to raise awareness about the achievements of local African Americans in communities across the nation.