Although black history is every day and not only limited to just one month, ya’ll know we always go extra hard when it comes to the month of February. With that being said we have been highlighting some amazing people that continue to help keep our history alive.
LaToya McGriff, a first-grade teacher from Suffolk, Virginia is no different, as she used a unique way to help educate her class throughout the month.
According to CBS News, LaToya has dressed a famous black figure to help teach her students about their contributions to our history. She started off the month as dressing as Virginia native, Mary Jackson, who was portrayed by Janelle Monae in the 2016 film “Hidden Figures.”
LaToya shared the photo of herself dressed as Jackson and said on her Facebook page, “I was Mary Jackson today! She was born in Hampton, VA. She was a mathematician who worked as an aeronautical engineer whom people referred to as a human-computer. She was the first African American Women Engineer that played a vital role in the development of the NASA Space Program! Tomorrow I will be…”
Some of the other black figures she dressed as included, Thurgood Marshall, Laila Ali, Booker T. Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, and others.
LaToya spoke with a local news outlet, WAVY, and said, “That’s what I remember, having a teacher come dressed as a storybook character. Well, I could dress up as a different figure, an African American figure past or present so they can see themselves represented.”
Check out some of her amazing looks below: