Speakers Share History With District Students

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Glen Cove High School and Finley Middle School students were visited by NY1 news reporter and author Cheryl Wills and Sheryl Goodine, a former district administrator and president of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commission, in honor of Black History Month.

Mrs. Wills took students on a compelling journey through the lens of her childhood. During the 1970s, as she sat in social studies class learning about confederates in the Civil War, she never learned that she was a direct descendant of an enslaved man named Sandy Wills, who also served in the Civil War with President Lincoln’s United States Colored Troops. She learned of the connection when she began researching her family’s history after her father’s death. During her presentation, Mrs. Wills encouraged students to learn their families’ history and to embrace who they are.  

Ms. Goodine, who has deep roots in Glen Cove, also shared her family history with the students. Her father, James Davis, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and he, along with the Glen Cove NAACP, was instrumental in desegregating Glen Cove City Schools and the city’s fire department. 

The presentations concluded with students asking questions of Mrs. Wills and Ms. Goodine. District Coordinator of Social Studies Sheena Jacob said the presentation reinforced the importance of remembering Black History Month and civic action.  

Click here to watch the GCTV Friday Morning News covering Cheryl Wills' visit