Education, Fun and Personal Stories at Black History Museum, Richmond
Morgan Moses Hosts 50 Inner City High Schoolers for Black History Month
The Black History Museum in Richmond at its new Leigh Street location, formerly an Armory, sits directly across from the old Armstrong High School. That building ended formal classroom instruction in 1952 when the new Armstrong was built. It was fitting that 50 students from both Armstrong and Church Hill Academy toured the museum and learned about famous Virginians in African American history. The Morgan Moses Foundation, with help from Dominion, invited and hosted 50 kids, six teachers, one principal, and many of Morgan’s immediate and extended family members at a fun-filled and action-packed day during Black History Month in February.
Among the family members were Morgan’s fiancé Jess and his three kids: Natalia, Jeremiah and Isiah. His mom, dad, uncles and cousins were also on-site to support the students and share some experience watching Morgan grow to become an NFL football player.
Ken Morris, the principal of Church Hill Academy, offered strong praise for Morgan, the Morgan Moses Foundation and its Board. “These types of hands-on events are really important for our students as they gain experience in African American studies and culture. We would not easily be able to afford having our kids come-out to the Black History Museum and receive lunch in such a nice setting. Morgan sharing his personal narrative and helping students understand their need for school life, athletics and home life balance really added to this enrichment experience.”
Morgan Moses talked about his life growing up in the Richmond area, attending Meadowbrook High School and eventually needing to distance himself from his neighborhood and his homeboys to achieve his goals. He talked about peer pressure, family issues and confessed that at one point in his life he was homeless.
“My parents operated their own (transportation and limo) business,” so they were very busy. “I was not always getting the supervision or I would make an excuse about school and skip the class,” he said. “My parents tried to stay on me but the pull from my friends and my crew was too great.”
He attended post-graduate year at Fork Union Military Academy where he learned time management skills and how to stay focused on his own dreams of playing NCAA football. He then played four years and earned two degrees at the University of Virginia in African American Studies and Anthropology.
“I promised my mom I would graduate and I would walk,” in UVA Commencement, he told the young people. Even though he was already well on his way to becoming a Redskin, Morgan returned to Charlottesville to get his sheepskin diplomas.
Brian Culbreth, a VP with The Princeton Review, which provides both college prep courses and the Morgan Moses Foundation Homework Help program, also offered insider tips on standardized test taking. Most of the sophomores and juniors are facing their American History SOL test. Many will also sit for SAT or ACT college entrance exams this Spring.
He provided a humorous anecdote about how testing companies can trick students by playing on common misconceptions – or offering a series of answers which “seem” accurate but in fact there is only one right answer. The students appreciated the chance to learn how to approach these tests.
Church Hill Academy presented Morgan with a 3XL sweatshirt with their school colors. Morgan reciprocated by offering every student and faculty an autographed photo of him in Redskins gear on Game Day. See photos
Special thanks to Tasha Chambers and the team at the Black History Museum for providing docents and volunteers to help with a guided tour. The Foundation also thanks sponsors including Dominion, American Military University and The Princeton Review for their involvement.
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