Black History Month 2016


February was Black History Month, and in addition to month-long posts on important events and people, members of the Embassy staff and American Fulbright students spent the morning of February 26th at Lycée de Garçons in Esch. There they discussed the American Civil Rights era, Martin Luther King, Jr., and race relations in the U.S. and in Europe.

The morning began with a slideshow to explain many of the historical events leading up to the Civil Rights Movement, including slavery, school and public race segregation, and the March on Washington. After the slideshow, a short film on Martin Luther King, Jr. was presented. Following the film, a lively hour-long panel discussion took place with questions taken from the audience of students and faculty. Correlations were made between the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century and the movement of migrants and refugees, as well as racism against them, within Europe’s borders today.

View more photos of the event on our Flickr account: