Florida Elementary School Student Creates Periodic Table of Black History
A Florida third-grader is honoring Black history in an especially creative way this year.
Dana Boone, who attends elementary school in Orlando, created a Periodic Table of Black History. His chart features 90 historic Black influential figures from the past and present.
“I wanted to represent our Black culture and I wanted to represent all the amazing people in this project,” said Boone of his chart, which he completed alongside his mother Charnetta Star.
The family, who snagged the idea from friends, thought it was a great opportunity to educate the school about Black leaders and innovators. Modeled after the traditional periodic table of elements, Boone’s chart features dozens of small squares with the initials of the Black figure it represents.
The unique table is on display in a hallway at his school.
“I’m hoping that students and teachers will learn about more people who have contributed to the success of Black culture and the history an all of the things that they’ve contributed,” Starr said in a local news report.
It took the mother-son duo about 11 days to complete the project, and it arrived to school just in time for the start of Black History Month.