A Celebration of Black History

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In early April, the district held its annual Black History celebration that included an array of performances. Students from all schools throughout the district had the opportunity to participate in poetry readings, speeches, dance numbers and songs. The evening began with a performance by the sixth, seventh and eighth-grade choruses at Oldfield Middle School, followed by a recitation of poems from students at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School.

Other students in the district also shared poems, including “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes, “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and “Yes We Can” by Daniel R. Queen. OMS student Nyomi Sutherland performed her original poem titled “Chained in Love.”

A number of musical performances impressed the audience as students showed off their talent. Hunter Crawford of TJL performed a remarkable saxophone solo
and Harborfields High School student Christen Dekie delivered a touching duet with her father Jerome Dekie. OMS student Nyomi Sutherland took to the stage for a second time to beautifully perform Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time.”

Other acts included an upbeat dance performance by Julianna Alvanos and Naya James, as well as a moving dance by Christen Dekie. Poignant speeches were also delivered by Mykia Simmons and Christen Dekie. The evening concluded with an adoration and inspiring speech by Legislator William Spencer.

The district would like to thank all students who participated in the inspiring celebration.