Stephanie Chalana Brown
Applied Science, Arts and Humanities, Career and Technical Education, Graphic Design, English Language Arts, History, Virgin Islands History, Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan, Syllabus
Lower Primary, Upper Primary, High School
  • #VIhistory #DavidHamiltonJackson
  • #VirginIslandsHistory
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs

    Education Standards

    David Hamilton Jackson and All Ahwe Student Project

    David Hamilton Jackson and All Ahwe Student Project


    "David Hamilton Jackson and All Ahwe: Creative Expression for Cultivating Awareness and Social Change" is a project intended to stimulate our students' exploration of the dynamic relationship between art and community activism utilizing the tools of rights, respect, and responsibility. Through this initiative, students will have the opportunity to craft artistic pieces that capture the essence of David Hamilton Jackson's contributions to labor rights, press freedom, and civil liberties in the Virgin Islands of the United States. These creative works may manifest in various forms, including visual art, written compositions, music, and STEAM projects.


    Guide for Educators: Creative Expression for Community Activism - Honoring David Hamilton Jackson


    Art and creative expression have always played a pivotal role in driving social and political change. From ancient civilizations to contemporary movements, artists have harnessed their talents to convey messages, ignite conversations, and inspire action. In light of the "David Hamilton Jackson And All Ahwe Student Project: Creative Expression to Cultivate Awareness and Social Change," educators now have a unique opportunity to guide students in harnessing the power of creative expression for community activism. This guide will explore the fusion of art and community activism while drawing inspiration from David Hamilton Jackson's legacy.


    Understanding Creative Expression for Community Activism:

    1. Defining Creative Activism: Begin by explaining the concept of creative activism, which encompasses a wide array of artistic forms, including poetry, digital art, paintings, essays, short stories, original songs, reels, TikToks, photography projects, monologues, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) projects. Emphasize that creative activism serves as a potent response to societal and political issues, acting as a catalyst for change and engagement.


    2. Role of Creative Activists: Discuss the influential role creative activists play in community-driven movements. Highlight that these individuals utilize their creative works to convey their perspectives on pertinent issues, bridging the gap between thought and action. Creative activism has the power to inspire empathy, foster critical thinking, and ignite transformation.


    3. Empowerment and Community Growth: Showcase how creative expression can empower individuals and communities by amplifying voices and raising awareness about pressing issues. Illustrate how students can use their artistic endeavors to foster unity, knowledge, skills, and attitudes within their communities, all while cultivating their critical awareness.


    Connecting to David Hamilton Jackson:

    1. David Hamilton Jackson's Vision: Provide students with historical insights into David Hamilton Jackson's remarkable contributions to labor rights, press freedom, and civil liberties in the Virgin Islands. Explain that Jackson was a multifaceted activist who leveraged his roles as an educator, editor, and labor leader to advocate for change.


    2. Activism in Practice: Explore specific instances in Jackson's life where he effectively used various mediums, such as his newspaper "The Herald," to mobilize the community, challenge the status quo, and demand justice. Highlight how his strategic planning and creative approaches paved the way for significant social change.


    3. Comparative Analysis: Encourage students to draw parallels between the principles of creative activism and David Hamilton Jackson's brand of activism. Discuss how both emphasize the power of creative expression and strategic thinking in driving positive social change.


    Creating a Student Project for Community Activism:

    1. Artistic Activism Project: Explain to students that their task is to create artistic works inspired by David Hamilton Jackson's values and commitment to community activism. These works can encompass a diverse range of formats, from visual art to written pieces, music, and STEAM projects.


    2. Theme and Message: Guide students in selecting a social or political issue that resonates with them. Encourage them to connect their chosen theme with the values upheld by Jackson, such as press freedom, labor rights, and civil liberties.


    3. Expression and Impact: Stress the importance of infusing their creations with emotional impact. Remind students that their works should not merely convey their perspectives but also compel their audience to reflect and take action. This aligns with the principles of both creative activism and artistic expression.


    Encouraging Reflection:

    1. Artist as Activist: Encourage students to view themselves as artists and activists within this project. Challenge them to contemplate how their creative works can challenge established norms, raise awareness, and inspire transformative change within their community.


    2. Local Relevance: Prompt students to consider how the issues they address in their artistic expressions relate to the Virgin Islands and its history, particularly within the context of David Hamilton Jackson's legacy. By doing so, they can forge a meaningful connection between their creative endeavors and the local community.


    In the words of Arthur Ashe, "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can," similar to David Hamilton Jackson’s memorable quote, “Do My People Do.” This guide equips educators with the tools to guide students in harnessing their creativity and passion to create meaningful change within their communities, all while honoring the enduring legacy of David Hamilton Jackson. Embrace the fusion of creative expression and community activism, and together, let's inspire positive social change.


    Portal to submit student projects.


    Lesson Plan: Creative Expression for Community Activism – Honoring David Hamilton Jackson

    Grade Level: Middle School and High School

    Duration: 4-6 Weeks

    Art, Music, Digital Media, Language Arts, Social Studies, and STEAM


    Kallaloo Framework. Virgin Islands Cultural Standards. CS.E.D.2. Provide opportunities for students to learn through observation and hands-on demonstration of cultural knowledge and skills.

    Kallaloo Framework. Virgin Islands Cultural Standards CS.E.E.3. Convey to students that political, social, and cultural engagement is a life-long obligation as a community member.

    Kallaloo Framework. Virgin Islands Cultural Standards CS.E.C.3. Provide integrated learning activities organized around themes of local significance and across all subject areas.


    - C3 Framework for Social Studies.

    D2.Civ.12.9-12. Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.

    - C3 Framework for Social Studies. D2.Civ.2.3-5. Explain how a democracy relies on people’s responsible participation, and draw implications for how individuals should participate.


    - Common Core ELA Standards (CCSS):

    - CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source.

     - CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-8.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

    - CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.

    - CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.5: Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations.


    - Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):

    - MS-ETS1-1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem.

    - MS-ETS1-2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process.


    - National Core Arts Standards (NCAS):

    - VA:Cr2.1.8: Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.

    - VA:Re7.1.8: Interpret art by analyzing artistic attributes, intentions, and purposes to inform comprehension.



    - Students will gain an understanding of creative expression as a tool for community activism.

    - Students will connect their creative works to the values represented by David Hamilton Jackson.

    - Students will create artistic projects that communicate their chosen social or political issue and resonate with an audience.

    - Students will learn to collaborate effectively in the creative process.

    - Students will explore the intersection of art and STEAM subjects.



    - Art supplies (paints, brushes, canvas, sketchbooks, etc.)

    - Digital art tools and software

    - Writing materials (pens, notebooks, laptops)

    - Audio and music recording equipment (for song creation)

    - Video recording equipment (for TikToks and Reels)

    - Photography equipment (cameras, smartphones)

    - STEAM project materials (if applicable)



    Week 1 - Introduction to Creative Activism and David Hamilton Jackson (2-3 days)

    1. Day 1: Begin by introducing the project's title: "Creative Expression for Community Activism - Honoring David Hamilton Jackson." Discuss the importance of the project and its culmination in the showcase during November, recognized as David Hamilton Jackson Month.

    2. Day 2: Provide an overview of creative activism and its historical significance. Explore the life and achievements of David Hamilton Jackson. Engage students in a discussion about his role in community activism.

    3.Day 3: Discuss the project's objectives, expectations, and the importance of pristine work for the showcase. Encourage students to think about the social or political issue they wish to address.


    Week 2 - Understanding Creative Expression (2-3 days)

    4. Day 1: Introduce various forms of creative expression, including visual art, writing, music, and digital media. Explain that these forms can be used to convey powerful messages and inspire change.

    5. Day 2: Explore the elements of creative expression and how they can effectively communicate ideas and emotions. Discuss the emotional impact of art and creative works on the audience.


    Week 3 - Connecting Values and Themes (2-3 days)

    6. Day 1: Explore the values represented by David Hamilton Jackson, such as press freedom, labor rights, and civil liberties. Discuss how these values can be connected to contemporary social or political issues.

    7. Day 2: Have students select a theme or issue that resonates with them and aligns with the values of David Hamilton Jackson. Encourage them to begin brainstorming ideas for their creative project.


    Week 4 - Creative Project Development (2-3 days)

    8. Day 1: Guide students in developing their creative projects. Provide access to art supplies, digital tools, and any necessary equipment. Offer support and guidance as they start working on their projects.

    9. Day 2:Emphasize the importance of incorporating STEAM elements into their projects where relevant. Help students plan and execute the technical aspects of their projects, such as using technology for digital art or music composition.


    Week 5 - Collaboration and Refinement (2-3 days)

    10. Day 1: Encourage students to collaborate with their peers to gather feedback and make improvements to their projects. Discuss the concept of teamwork and how it can enhance creative work.

    11. Day 2: Provide time for students to refine their projects based on feedback and their own reflections. Emphasize the importance of attention to detail and presentation for the showcase.


    Week 6 - Presentation and Reflection (2-3 days)

    12. Day 1: Have students present their creative projects to the class. Encourage them to explain the message behind their work and how it connects to David Hamilton Jackson's values and community activism.

    13. Day 2: Reflect on the journey of creating these projects and the impact of creative expression on activism. Discuss the upcoming showcase and the opportunity to share their work with a wider audience.



    Assess students based on their understanding of creative activism, the connection of their work to David Hamilton Jackson's values, the quality of their creative projects, and their ability to effectively communicate their chosen social or political issue.

    Through "Creative Expression for Community Activism - Honoring David Hamilton Jackson," students will not only engage in artistic and intellectual pursuits but also contribute to a broader dialogue on social change. The showcase in November will be a platform to celebrate their creativity and dedication to activism in the spirit of David Hamilton Jackson.