NEWBERRY — A quote by Oprah Winfrey — “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not” — is a quote that Katrina Singletary, principal of Newberry High School uses every day, not only as a motto, but to highlight one of many influential African Americans and to celebrate their achievements.
With February being Black History Month, Singletary feels that it’s important that students take part and be aware of the important Black History figures of our time.
“I feel it’s important for students to understand the history so that they will be able to learn and grow from it,” Singletary said.
One of the ways Singletary ensures that students are informed about Black History Month is Newberry High School’s “Dawg Time,” which is similar to an enrichment time that occurs at lunchtime. During Dawg Time in February, students report to their homerooms where they discuss different Black History related topics, according to Singletary.
Martin Luther King Jr. is who Singletary said her favorite African American figure because she feels he was an eloquent speaker that believed in nonviolence and believed in opportunities for all people.
Although times have changed, Singletary said that due to the availability of technology, it has enhanced and encouraged more people to remember Black History Month, such as creating commemorative Facebook pages or sharing articles and facts on Twitter.
With Black History Month being used as a time to recognize and celebrate those who have made great contributions to the world, Singletary said that if there’s ever a time where you feel your race or gender is going to keep you from achieving your goals, to be determined and passionate about them, never taking no for an answer.