Second-graders set up Black History Month wax museum

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Second graders at J.Y. Kelly Discovery Charter School celebrate Black History Month with the creation of a so-called "living wax museum." 

"The students are becoming the wax figure actually themselves, whether it's somebody that's a celebrity or an historical African American," said second-grade teacher Tonia Mason. 

"They learn their speeches to recite a little bit of information about them. They've also written a biography on them as well, and this year, they've created backdrops," Mason added. 

The kids truly embody their characters with costumes and props, and there were presentations that included Michelle and Barack Obama, Ruby Bridges and Shirley Chisholm.  

Laylah Sumler, who presented Katherine Johnson, says it's inspiring to learn about important people in history who also look like her. 

"And I thought because (Johnson) was a mathematician, one day, I could be just like her," Sumler said.