Exton Teacher Dresses Up as African American Heroes in Honor of Black History Month

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Tamika Burton
Image via CBS News Philadelphia.
Tamika Burton, a Spanish teacher at Collegium Charter School in Exton, is dressing up as African American heroes for Black History Month.

Tamika Burton, a Spanish teacher at Collegium Charter School in Exton, is dressing up as African American heroes to honor the historical figures during Black History Month, writes Raymond Strickland for CBS News Philadelphia.

“For the past three years, I have been dressing up as a different person during Black History Month,” she said.

Over the last several days, she has shown up to class as Tina Turner, Bessie Coleman, Joe Louis, and Ella Fitzgerald. She also dressed as West Chester civil rights leader Bayard Rustin.

The teacher believes it is important to raise awareness about significant people who are part of Black History, especially those who are not often recognized.

“It’s so easy to do MLK, maybe Malcolm X and Rosa Parks, when I can do people that they really don’t know,” she said. “It’s definitely had an impact.”

She also gives out candy to any students who can figure out who she is dressed as. This has now become a fun school-wide activity for both students and staff.

“She would come in with the weirdest outfits,” joked senior Aniyah White.

Read more about Tamika Burton dressing up as historical Black figures in the CBS News Philadelphia.

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