Thursday, March 25, 2010
Black History Celebration Stars come out at Holy Family
On Friday, Feb. 26, Holy Family School held a Black History Month celebration for students, parents and the community.
The celebration began with a devotion in the gymnasium featuring a presentation and musical performance by Jennifer Jones, African storyteller and songster, and an African dance performance by Holy Family School students.
Jones encouraged students to learn more about their ancestry. She also stressed that students should be careful in the way they dress and people they associate with, and they should do good works.
She said, “What you look like to the world is how you will be treated.”
In closing, Jones said, “Keep God in your hearts and you will be blessed.”
Students presented a Black Heritage Live Wax Museum. As the lights dimmed and a hush fell over the gymnasium, Clara Isom, principal at Holy Family School, said, “Welcome to the Black Heritage Live Wax Museum. Come, learn about the people who made our race and our people great.”
Museum attendees went around the gymnasium to listen to students, dressed as their favorite black heroes, give presentations about their hero’s life. The wax museum consisted of both current and past heroes including musicians James Brown, Alicia Keys and BB King, scientists and doctors Justina Ford and Emmett Chappelle, activists Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman, athletes Michael Jordan and Joe Louis, celebrities Queen Latifah and Oprah Winfrey, historical figures Imhotep (the first Egyptian engineer, architect and physician known by name) and even President Obama and the first lady.
“It’s wonderful, just wonderful,” says Addean Cannon, attendee and grandmother to a Holy Family student.
“If I had known that it was going to be like this, I would have brought my camera,” Jones said. “It is just wonderful. The students do a really good job; they really know their lines.”
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