Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U. S. History.   On February 15th, W. E. Parker Elementary School held its Black History Program entitled: “A Journey through Black History.”  Participants from all grade levels gave outstanding performances.  Fourth graders Carli Burden, Quintin Garrett, and Madison Jackson did a superb job as narrators throughout the program.  The program objective was to depict the timeline of African American History.  The play, “A Journey through Black History,” was written and directed by Ms. Jennifer Rice.  She stated, “My vision was to simplify, yet still give meaningful insight into the struggles and accomplishments of so many great African Americans.”

The Child Development class opened the program with a song entitled “What I Am”.  They were adorable! The second graders performed Scene 1: Getting Started with Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History.  Fourth graders highlighted several Freedom Fighters such as, Harriet Tubman and Isabella Baumfree.  The Strom Thurmond High School Gospel Choir made a special appearance and delighted the audience with two beautiful selections.  The 5th graders showcased a few inventors and scholars. First and third graders took us into dance and music.  And of course, the courageous “Bus Ride that Made History” was presented.  The kindergarteners proudly said their lines from memory as they paid tribute to Ms. Rosa Parks.  Evan Williams read the last speech that Dr. King gave followed by a tribute to Dr. King by the Child Development class. Lastly, the 44th president, Barack Obama, was highlighted.

The Black History Committee consisted of Mrs. Abney (chairperson), Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Shealy, Mrs.  LaCross, Mrs. Zabo and Ms. Rice.

Pictured Singing:  Malailah Brown, Sydney Shamble, DaNiylah Daniels.  Preparing to Sing: Nathan Carter and Carla Ray.


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