School apologises after children perform Black History Month poem in blackface masks | The Independent

School apologises after children perform Black History Month poem in blackface masks | The Independent

A school in Atlanta has apologised after children performed a poem for Black History Month in blackface masks.

Pupils at Kindezi Old Fourth Ward Charter School recited Paul Laurence Dunbar’s 1896 poem “We Wear The Mask” while wearing black masks with exaggerated red lips and white eyes.

A video of the recital, which was performed by seven and eight-year-olds, has been viewed millions of times since it was posted on Facebook by a concerned parent last week.

via School apologises after children perform Black History Month poem in blackface masks | The Independent