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Florida teacher’s Black Girl Magic: You need to see this door decoration

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Florida teacher’s Black Girl Magic: You need to see this door decoration

By Kimberly C. Moore via

One Florida art teacher is celebrating Black History Month with her students on a viral level. Meet Chanique Davis, the Florida woman inspiring her students and beyond.

LAKE ALFRED — Lake Alfred Elementary School art teacher Chanique Davis is an internet sensation, with a photo of her classroom door, decorated for Black History Month, shared more than 40,000 times including on several popular Instagram pages.

“It’s been viewed by millions of people,” Davis said Wednesday. “People have reached out to me.”

The photo shows Davis’ door — decorated by her and her art club students — as a black woman with dreadlocks, dressed in a colorful, traditional African kente cloth robe and wearing a queen’s crown. Two notable shares were from Baller Alert, with 4.8 million followers on Instagram, and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who has 2.1 million followers.

“Jennifer Labit is the owner of a children’s clothing company — she reposted and she created an Amazon wish list,” Davis said. “She has 80,000 followers.”

Labit wrote on her shared page that she researched Davis and Lake Alfred Elementary School and saw that the Title I school, with a high population of students receiving free or reduced price breakfast and lunch, could use “some love” with school supplies.

“I’m personally sending this teacher some of that love today in the form of school supplies that she can decide how to …

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