The PACE (People Are Created Equal) Project is a half-year long course kicking off each Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The entire Hyde School community takes part in the project, with presentations and workshops led by students and faculty on a variety of subjects. In addition, there is a school-wide class led by Malcolm Gauld '72 and other presenters covering themes, people, and events throughout U.S. history.
Topics include: the 1964 literacy test from Louisiana and what it was truly intended for; Jim Crow laws; stories from Bill Russell's book Second Wind; Amanda Gorman and the tradition of African-American women poets; Hank Aaron; Dorothy Counts; Bull Connor; Langston Hughes and The Harlem Renaissance; The Great Migration (1916-70) Accommodation and Agitation; Martin Luther King Jr.; and Malcolm X.
For centuries, historians have served up scores of memorable quotes in an elusive quest to either define history or advocate for its importance as a subject of scholarship.
“History is to the nation what memory is to the individual. As a person deprived of memory becomes disorientated and lost, not knowing where they have been or where they are going, so a nation denied a conception of the past will be disabled in dealing with its present and its future.” – Arthur Schlesinger (1917-2007)
The PACE Project asks our community to take a look, ask questions, and maybe find something that we all want to learn more about.