Jefferson High students walk to movie theatre to learn history

Jefferson students march to see Race

TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) – Early Friday morning, 500 students from Jefferson High School in Tampa took a short walk to see a race. Actually, it was the movie “Race.”

Jefferson students watch the movie Race
Jefferson students watch the movie “Race.”

WATCH THE MOVIE’S TRAILER HERE. 

The film explores the life and times of 1936 Olympic athlete Jesse Owensonce the fastest man in the world. Jefferson’s principal says it’s an opportunity to teach Black History Month outside the classroom.

“Students love seeing movies, but this may not be a movie they would choose to see,” Robert Quinn said.

The school has done this this before. Last year students walked to see “Selma.” Before that, it was “Red Tails,” a film about the Tuskegee Airmen.

During the movie Friday, there was cheering, laughing and a lot of silence too. Many of these students learned about Owens and Nazi Germany for the very first time.

Jamarcus Harris was among them. “It motivated me, because I do the same events he do and so it motivated me a little but more knowing like his history,” Jamarcus said.

Teachers say this is the best kind of field trip. “It makes students really understand or connect with what they’re learning in the classroom, outside of the classroom,” teacher Ivy Shipp-Washington said. Students agreed and all took home something different from the film.

Princess Bowen learned, “Don’t stop fighting for what you love.”

CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT JESSE OWENS:

Jesse Owens of Ohio State clinched the broad jump with a leap of 26 feet 1 inch in the senior National AAU Championships in Princeton, N.J., July 4, 1936. (AP Photo)
Jesse Owens of Ohio State clinched the broad jump with a leap of 26 feet 1 inch in the senior National AAU Championships in Princeton, N.J., July 4, 1936. (AP Photo)
Jesse Owens takes the last jump in the 220-yard hurdles event at a time of 22.6 seconds, at the Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., May 25, 1935. In what is acknowledged as the greatest single day by any track and field athlete, Owens broke five world records and tied another within the span of 45 minutes. (AP Photo)
Jesse Owens takes the last jump in the 220-yard hurdles event at a time of 22.6 seconds, at the Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., May 25, 1935. In what is acknowledged as the greatest single day by any track and field athlete, Owens broke five world records and tied another within the span of 45 minutes. (AP Photo)
Jesse Owens of Ohio State University dashes the furlong in 20.3 seconds at the Big Ten Western Conference track meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., May 25, 1935. In what is acknowledged as the greatest single day by any track and field athlete, Owens broke five world records and tied another within the span of 45 minutes. (AP Photo)
Jesse Owens of Ohio State University dashes the furlong in 20.3 seconds at the Big Ten Western Conference track meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., May 25, 1935. In what is acknowledged as the greatest single day by any track and field athlete, Owens broke five world records and tied another within the span of 45 minutes. (AP Photo)

 

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