Thursday, February 9, 2006

Local News Briefs

Activities scheduled in celebration of Black History

An African American Fest, in observance of Black History Month, will be held February 24-25 at the Eddie L. Smith Multi-Purpose Building on South Memphis St. in Holly Springs.

It is being coordinated by Friends of Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum and Cultural Center for African American History.

A schedule of African American Fest activities follows.

Friday, Feb. 24

9 a.m. - Opening ceremony, choir and presenting of flags, tour art exhibits and interactive cultural exhibits and African American market.

11 a.m. - Guest, Margaret Burroughs, the famous writer and artist will read from her poetry and stories and talk about her art. She will also be available for a book signing.

12 p.m. - Lunch with Daniel Duster, great-grandson of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Duster, a motivational speaker, will talk about Carter G. Woodson, father of Black History Month.

2 p.m. - Traditional African American folklore in spoken words by Autriniece Folson; traditional African-American song by Dr. Nellie Smith.

3 p.m. - Traditional African American spirituals by local choirs.

Saturday, Feb. 25

9 a.m.- Book signing by Margaret Burroughs and meet the artists, Burroughs, Brian Crocket, Clifford Gipson, Keiffer DeBerry, Elton Collins.

10 a.m. - Who Am I Biographies, biographies of five prominent African Americans, audience participation encouraged, prizes will be given.

10:30 a.m. - Rust College Drum Corp. workshop (children and adults).

12 p.m. - Lunch and a sampling of authentic African food will also be served (free).

1-2:30 p.m. - Panel discussion on African American Education in the 21st Century, audience questions encouraged. There will be a panel of three local educators and a student.

Anyone interested in having a booth, the cost is $10. Contact the Ida B. Wells Museum at 662-252-3232 or

Holly Springs schools ending early dismissal Wednesdays

Holly Springs School District will end its early dismissal day – Wednesdays at 1 p.m. All students will be in class for the entire day effective Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006.

School hours are Primary School - Pre-K through second grade, 7:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.; Intermediate School - third through sixth grades, 7:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.; and High School - seventh through 12th grades, 7:40 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This strategy is in preparation for academic improvements, increased instructional time and remediation, as well as tutoring to be provided to students who have identified weaknesses, according to Cynthia Gentry, superintendent of education. Also, this time will be utilized to provide enrichment activities.

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