Skip To Main Content
  • Academics
  • Activities
Catholic Central Kicks Off Black History Month With Learning Commons Display


Detroit Catholic Central High School kicked off its Black History Month celebration with a display of memorable African American authors in the Learning Commons. The display was assembled by Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Kelly Kolchuk. 

Kolchuk puts together a new display every month featuring relevant themes or new items to the library’s collection. For example, she’ll assemble a baseball display in the Spring during the start of open season. She covers different angles for Black History Month every year. 

This year, Kolchuk focused on drawing in Shamrock readers by displaying both contemporary and historical Black authors. She stated that she was trying to include authors that speak to more contemporary issues like protests from athletes, characters who encounter incidents with the police, and the book The 57 Bus, which discusses a real-life racially-motivated incident that occurred between two teenagers. 

“I was trying to feature a combination of popular Black teen authors as well as some of the newer Black teen authors coming onto the reading scene. The goal is to draw attention to what we already have in our collection and hopefully gain interest from students to check out a book,” she stated. 

This year, Mrs. Kolchuk highlighted 16 authors in her display, including:

  • Alice Walker
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Walter Dean Myers
  • Jason Reynolds
  • Zora Neal Hurston
  • Kwame Alexander
  • Tomi Adeyemi
  •  Faridah Abike-Iyimide
  •  Chinua Achebe
  • Candace Buford
  • Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Ryan Douglass
  • Toni Morrison
  • Maya Angelou 
  • Dwendelyn Brooks

Each year, she pulls different titles for Black History Month. In the past, she displayed books featuring historic events in place of new authors. She has started to focus on teen authors as a way to encourage more students to read, stating that many students forget they can check out books since changing the name of the library to the Learning Commons.

Toni Morrison is one of her favorite authors in the display. Kulchock started reading Morison when she was in college. 

“I loved her stories and I think she has an important message to share. She’s one of the authors that gets challenged a lot in libraries, so it was important for me to put one of her books on display. I also pulled award-winning adult authors like Maya Angelou and some of my favorite newer authors, including Jason Reynolds and Chris Paul Curtis,” she stated.  

The authors will be on display all month, but there are many more books by Black authors on the shelves. This is just a small part of the collection, Kulchock shared. 

“I try to make sure the student body sees themselves represented in each collection. There is something for everyone. If a student wants a book that we don’t have, I’m more than happy to buy it for them,” Kulchock stated. 

Stay tuned for continued coverage as CC celebrates Black History Month.

More News

  • Activities
  • Athletics
Shamrocks Celebrate Back-to-Back MHSAA D1 State Championships With Assembly

Today, Catholic Central celebrated the wrestling team’s 41-12 victory over the Hartland Eagles and subsequent back-to-back MHSAA D1 State Championship with a spirit day and school-wide assembly. It was the sixth title in the last eight years for the Shamrocks and the 10th state championship since 2010. 

Read More about Shamrocks Celebrate Back-to-Back MHSAA D1 State Championships With Assembly
  • Activities
  • Alumni
Fundraiser Basketball Game Held In Memory Of Jack Swamba ‘22

On Friday, December 29, 2023, a basketball fundraising game was held in honor of Jack Swamba ’22 at St. Edith Parish in Livonia. The game was a tribute to Jack Swamba’s tremendous spirit and character during his 19 years of life. Admission to the event was made possible by donating to the Jack Swamba ROTC Memorial Scholarship in his honor.

Read More about Fundraiser Basketball Game Held In Memory Of Jack Swamba ‘22
  • Activities
  • Faith
OCIT Students Take Next Step In Their Faith Journey

Students in the Order of Christian Initiation of Teenagers (OCIT) program attended the Cathedral in Detroit for the Rite of Election, which marks the last major milestone in the journey for students before the reception of their sacraments at the end of the school year. They were recognized by Archbishop Vigneron alongside members from every parish in the Archdiocese who are also preparing to receive their sacraments. 

Read More about OCIT Students Take Next Step In Their Faith Journey