Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Black History Celebration

On February 22, 2013, students, teachers, parents, members of the community, business partners, and visitors gathered in the gym for a time of celebrating diversity and the struggles that have been overcome in Black History.  The theme of the day was freedom, togetherness, and celebration of culture and differences.

All visitors were welcomed by many famous African Americans, Rosa Parks, Tiger Woods, Garrett Morgan, and others as Mrs. Washburn's 4th grade class dressed up and performed the wax museum part of the day.

Amanda Gordon, Black History Committee Chairperson, welcomed everyone just before introducing the Master of Ceremonies, 5th grade student, Jahleel Deberry.

Second grade teacher, Solomon Stover, reminded everyone of the significance of Black History Month just before Speech-Language Pathologist, Susan Ingram, sang the Negro National Anthem, "Life Every Voice and Sing."

Keynote Speaker, Linwaun Fulton brought a message of hardwork as he explained his journey through the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system, college at Chapel Hill, and his current position at Wake Forest University.

Deacon McCloud recited a poem, "The Dream," in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and all he accomplished for Civil Rights.

Mr. and Mrs. Damon presented Negro Spirituals as steppers from Winston-Salem State celebrated their heritage as a transition into our student performances.

The Pep Squad, led by Ms Green, Ms Taylor and Mrs Lallave, danced "Pata Pata" just before the honors dance students performed "Our Circle of Life," an original choreographed piece by dance teacher Miss Amanda Stevenson.

The School Honors Chorus concluded our time of celebration and reflection by singing "The Road to Freedom" and "Free at Last" as Music Teacher, Ann Farthing, prepared the entire student body to sing "We Shall Overcome."

The Black History Committee planned the entire month of February as a time of learning, sharing, and expressing through hallway displays, special guests, visitors, and performances to remind students of the unfortunate circumstances of prejudice and injustice in the past.

Students left the assembly understanding that history is everyone's history, and we must learn from our mistakes in the past to try and not repeat them in the future.

For more photos of the Black History Celebration, visit this link: Black History Celebration Photo Gallery

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