Indiana school named after Hammond’s 1st African American teacher

Indiana school named after Hammond’s 1st African American teacher

HAMMOND, Ind. (TOC) — It has been a long time within the making and Thursday, one Indiana faculty has formally been named for the primary African American trainer in Hammond: Ms. Annie Burns-Hicks.

“To see so many people who find themselves keen on schooling, it simply blows my thoughts,” Hicks stated.

Within the fall of 1960, she was a younger lady with a university diploma who sued the varsity district for a good shot at instructing.

“It was value it — was value every little thing,” she stated.

Hicks was certainly one of 13 youngsters. One in all her youthful sisters remembers that everybody within the household was doing their half to help Hicks.

“The remainder of us needed to fall in line. Individuals had been us in search of any excuse to not let her be a trainer,” stated Hick’s sister, Eunice Burns Jarrett.

All their sacrifices paid off, Hicks was a trainer for over 40 years, influencing a whole lot of scholars.

“I am so glad and so proud that I might come and see her, and witness this,” stated Jacquelyn Bourgeois, a former pupil.

Burns-Hicks Faculty can be a brand new starting in Hammond. Three elementary colleges consolidated into one, so with enter from college students about mascot and colours, all of them forge forward with a brand new identify permitted by the varsity board in January.

“Having one thing like this, so unifying, I believe it is large,” stated Councilman Barry Tyler Jr., third District Hammond.

The renaming coincides with the premiere of a documentary about Hicks, who influenced different distinguished firsts in Hammond.

“By no means needed to increase her voice however when she talked, folks listened,” stated Roland Parrish, documentarian of “This Wall Should Come Down.”

“This Wall Should Come Down” can be proven at 6:00 p.m. Thursday at Hammond Academy of the Performing Arts and Hicks can be there to witness one more first in Hammond.

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