• McKnight Middle School Counseling Team
    2017-2018

     
    Mission Statement:  The counselors at McKnight Middle School are dedicated to
    helping students explore and reach their personal, social, academic, and career potential.
      

    6th Grade Counselor:  Ms. Keira Edwards

    (425) 204-3616
     

    7th Grade Counselor:  Mr. Kurt Roper

    (425) 204-3619

     8th Grade Counselor:  Rondelle Jeffery

    (425) 204-3618

     

    February is Black History Month!

    In recognition of contributions of the African heritage, each school day an African American figure or groups/institutions will be recognized on our school website and in our daily announcements. A list of these figures can be viewed on the following document Celebrating Black History Month

    In addition, this link to books will take you to a list of books to learn more about black history and the contributions of African American’s authors.   

    Below is a list of movies celebrating the contributions of black individuals or important moments in the struggle for equality.  We hope you will be able to view some of these movies.

    Amazing Grace is a British-American biographical drama film about the campaign against the slave trade in the British Empire, led by William Wilberforce, who was responsible for steering anti-slave trade legislation through the British parliament. The title is a reference to the hymn "Amazing Grace". The film also recounts the experiences of John Newton as a crewman on a slave ship and subsequent religious conversion, which inspired his writing of the poem later used in the hymn. Newton is portrayed as a major influence on Wilberforce and the abolition movement.

     

    Glory is drama about free black men who were conscripted to fight in the Union Army during the Civil War.

     

    Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson – A Ken Burns documentary about the life of Jack Johnson, the first black fighter who won the Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1908. His victory and reign from 1908 to 1915 spurred a search among whites for a “great white hope” who could beat Johnson and win back the title. Muhammad Ali describe Johnson as his greatest influence.

     

    Bass Reeves – Bass Reeves was born a slave but rose to become a Deputy U.S. Marshal. In his 32-year career Reeves arrested 3000 felons, killed 14 men and was never shot himself. Bass Reeves is a drama based life facing notorious outlaws in the Indian Territory. Bass Reeves was the first Black Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Oklahoma Indian Territory. He faced some of the most murderous outlaws known to man.

     

    Race - Race is a biopic film about Jesse Owens, the famed track and field athlete who endured racial discrimination and adversity on his way to winning 4 gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany, a record that remained unbroken for 48 years.

     

    The Great Debaters - It's based on the true story of a professor at Wiley College who in 1935 formed the school’s first student debate team, which went on to make history when it challenged Harvard in the national championship.

     

    Something the Lord Made - tells the emotional true story of two men who defied the rules of their time to launch a medical revolution, set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow south. Working in 1940s Baltimore on an unprecedented technique for performing heart surgery on "blue babies," Dr. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and lab technician Vivien Thomas (Mos Def) form an impressive team. As Blalock and Thomas invent a new field of medicine, saving thousands of lives in the process, social pressures threaten to undermine their collaboration and tear their friendship apart.

     

    Red Tails - The 332nd Fighter Group, an all-black World War II unit made up of the best escort pilots and known as the Red Tails, fights racism at home while fighting the Nazis abroad in this action-packed drama based on the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen.

     

    42 - The biopic tells the story of baseball all-star Jackie Robinson, from signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers to his historic rookie season when he integrated Major League Baseball in 1947.

     

    Marshall -This movie is about a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his defining cases.

     

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey), the film chronicles her search, aided by journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.

     

    Selma - “Selma” is a portrait piece of Dr. Martin Luther King as he led the march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.

     

    Malcolm X - comprehensive and deeply compelling narrative of the life of the civil rights hero.

    The Butler - The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.

     

    Hidden Figures - tells the story of “colored computers” Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Johnson, who worked at Nasa in the early 1960s and played a vital role in getting John Glenn and the Friendship 7 into space.

     

    Ali - The film focuses on ten years in the life of the boxer Muhammad Ali, played by Will Smith, from 1964 to 1974, featuring his capture of the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston, his conversion to Islam, criticism of the Vietnam ...

     

    Barry - “Barry” is a drama film that take a glimpse at the life of a younger Barack Obama, the man who would one day become the first black president of the United States.

     

    For more movie ideas check out the links below.

    http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/10-black-history-documentaries-to-watch/#.WnIAr4gbOUk

    http://www.indiewire.com/2013/08/12-films-about-black-history-94822/