Students from Robeson Malcolm X, Garvey, Hally and Marquette visit the White House

Marquette students Paul Taylor, Karasha Forte, Kayla Watson and CorVon Lewis visited the White House for a special Black History Month event.

Marquette students Paul Taylor, Karasha Forte, Kayla Watson and CorVon Lewis visited the White House for a special Black History Month event.

Thirty-two students from Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy recently traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in a special Black History Month celebration at the White House.

Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy was one of 50 schools from across the nation to receive a special invitation to bring its students, along with parents and teachers, to the White House on February 26.  In the spirit of collaboration Robeson Malcolm X also invited students from Halley Middle School, Marquette Middle School and Marcus Garvey Academy to travel with them to the White House. Four students from each school attended.

Robeson Malcolm X Principal Dr. Jeffery Robinson represented Detroit Public Schools at a special reception held onFebruary 25 at the White House, where President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted educators from across the country.

“It was wonderful,” Robinson said of his chance to meet the Obamas. “Just being in the same room with the President and First Lady as they discussed educational policy was an unforgettable experience.”

Jonathan Barksdale, Jordan Dixon, Krista Higdon, Kenedi Wesley and teacher Rose Caldwell of Hally Magnet Middle are shown outside their Washington, D.C., hotel. The students visited the White House for a special Black History Month event.

Jonathan Barksdale, Jordan Dixon, Krista Higdon, Kenedi Wesley and teacher Rose Caldwell of Hally Magnet Middle are shown outside their Washington, D.C., hotel. The students visited the White House for a special Black History Month event.

A last-minute change in the first family’s schedule prevented the students from meeting Mrs. Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Melia, but the students took it all in stride.

“I was very proud of them,” Robinson said. “They were excited about just being in the White House. They got to go through all the rooms and were acknowledged as special visitors. The White House is planning to do something for them to make up for the First Family not being there.”

While in D.C., the students also visited the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial and took a tour of the city.

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