For over two months, for a minimum two hours a day after school, students as Florida A&M University Developmental Research School (FAMU DRS) rehearsed lines to skits for a Black History program that would bring the lives of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas and many others to life on stage Wednesday evening in the school’s cafeteria.

Under the direction of Social Studies and American History teacher Anthony Thompson, students in grades K-12 eagerly recited poems and narrations from some of the world’s best known African and African American leaders.

Thompson, who is in his fifth year at FAMU DRS, is passionate about…