VC Indy doesn’t believe black history should be confined to a single month. Our tuition-free school celebrates and integrates it into our curriculum throughout the year.

We know who we are as school leaders. We know where we came from, how we got here and who helped us along the way. As such, we are a platform for the current generation to springboard their future selves. To further this, we bring in guest speakers and community partners to show our scholars all options black and brown professionals have in our world today. 

Acknowledging the Diversity of Black History

Black history encompasses the experiences, achievements, and struggles of people of African descent globally. It’s crucial for scholars in the United States to be aware of this history (and how it can inspire a better future) because the founding of this country is deeply intertwined with the contributions and struggles of black people. It’s even more vital that their learning of black history not be limited to a few influential figures or diluted by revisionary history books.

VC Indy is a progressive learning environment where classroom learning and community experiences synergize to prepare scholars for high school and beyond. In addition to in-person experiences with black leaders, our scholars have also learned about: careers in STESM, opportunities to actively participate in the legislative process and diverse cultures.

Amanda Gorman: A Poetic Voice for Change

A trailblazing young poet whose words have captivated audiences worldwide, Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. She delivered her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. She also authored the book, The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough in 2015. Gorman’s verses convey hope, unity and social justice, inspiring middle schoolers to find their voices and contribute to positive change through artistic expression. Though her work showcases the transformative power of poetry and encourages scholars to embrace creativity, it also challenges adults to have more empathy and advocacy in shaping a better future. Her book was recently banned from an education center, but we don’t believe in restricting access to diversity of thought at VC Indy. We encourage our scholars to think critically and make informed decisions.

Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” during the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021. (DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)

Misty Copeland: Inspiring Through Dance

Misty Copeland is a world-renowned ballet dancer, and the first African American woman promoted to principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre. Her amazing talent, resilience, and commitment to her craft broke barriers and inspired aspiring dancers worldwide. By highlighting Misty Copeland’s journey, our scholars can learn about perseverance, dedication, and the power of pursuing passions against all odds.

Barack Obama: Pioneering Leadership

Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, holds immense historical significance as the first African-American to hold this powerful position. His presidency inspired millions, especially young people, to dream big and work hard to achieve their goals. President Obama emphasized the importance of inclusivity, equality, and social justice through his leadership. Highlighting Barack Obama’s achievements can instill in our middle schoolers the belief that they, too, can positively impact society.

These individuals showcase black history’s diverse achievements and can serve as role models for scholars today. Their stories provide inspiration, motivation and tangible life lessons that resonate with young learners. Our greatest hope is that scholars from VC Indy can one day join the ranks of trailblazers regardless of their field of study. We promote leadership in thought, word and action and believe our school is fertile ground for tomorrow’s leaders. Contact us to learn more about open enrollment today!

About Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis

Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis (VC Indy) is a close-knit middle school with a big impact. Serving grades 6-8, we are a public charter offering innovative learning and wraparound social services. Our goal is to prepare our scholars for success in high school and beyond. At Vanguard, we believe in “opening doors” for our scholars through engaging academics, a safe environment, leadership development, and a strong sense of community. Enroll your scholar today!