Rev. A.T. Days, retired pastor and preacher, civil rights activist and B.T. Washington Middle School Volunteer brought his vast knowledge and personal experience to share with students during Black History month. From participating at Normandy in WWII to the March on Selma, Rev. Days made history come alive as he described the experiences throughout his 86 years of living.
This historical perspective on Black History is what he shared with students in Mrs. Buford and Mrs. Hobbs classes during February. He brought various keepsakes from his civil rights activist days, including newspaper clippings, unused bail bonds even hate letters.
Rev. Days said, one reason he volunteers in the school system is to help children recognize that a high price has been paid for their freedom and the opportunity to learn, "people sacrificed, fought and died for you to have the privilege to get an education. They did that because they knew that getting an education is key to moving forward".
What did the students think?
- Rev. Days has been through trials and tribulations. He has made a very, very good impact on my life. Kensten F.
- ...I learned that some people these days couldn't handle what happened in his day. Curtavia H.
- I learned that Blacks use to be discriminated against just because of the color of their skin, and they use to do bus boycotts and sit-ins in the restaurants. Kaylyn D.
- I learned that Rev. Days went through a lot when he was a civil rights leader. He told us that the Ku Klux Klan through tear gas at his house and his daughter got burned on the thigh. Demetrice H.
- (Some people) also accused (him) of cutting out somebody's tongue until they found out he was framed. Sharon L.
Thank you Rev. Days for the sacrifices you and others gave in the past and for your volunteer acts to help students today.