Celebrating Black History

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Students across the district joined together in a spirited celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 16. The sixth annual celebration brought students from all eight schools together to perform songs, skits and dances at the Performing Arts Center of Freeport High School, which was filled with parents and community residents.

The evening opened with the Presentation of Colors by the FHS Navy JROTC, which was then followed by a welcome by Director of the Department of Arts and Community Relations Ruth Breidenbach. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham spoke about the importance of celebrating Black History.

“As we mark the 41st year of National African American History Month, let us reflect on the sacrifices and contributions made by generations of African Americans, and let us resolve to continue our journey toward a day when every person, regardless of race or religion knows the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our children are the future inventors, scientists, doctors, diplomats, educators, writers, artists, athletes, entertainers and entrepreneurs that will bring new and better living to the next generations. They will continue to be our ambassadors of peace and equality.”

Dr. Kuncham also welcomed the Board of Education, staff members, Village of Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy, Town of Hempstead Senior Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby and Lucia Martinez, a representative from New York State Senator John E. Brooks’ Office.

High school student Michael Desir began the slate of performances with a moving rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Follow-up performances included a theatrical presentation of “Thumbprint Thank You” by the Odyssey of the Mind Team from Dodd; an uplifting performance of “This Little Light of Mine” by the kindergarten Chorus from Columbus; a foot stomping routine called “Kindness Crew” by the Step Team from Giblyn; a rousing rendition of “Gonna Ride that Freedom Train” by the third- and fourth-grade Glee Club from New Visions; a colorful dance routine called “A Rhythmic Beat of Unity” by the Archer Dance Team; a graceful performance of “Glory” by the high school’s Competition Kickline; a spirited rendition of “I Sing Because I’m Happy” by the sixth-grade Select Chorus from Atkinson; a precise Dance Mix by second-graders at Bayview; a remarkable performance of “Elijah Rock” by the high school’s Select Chorale; and a program finale featuring all of the evening’s performers singing “Freedom Train” with accompanists Asher Cook (Drums), Tim Warner (Piano) and Sam Weatherspoon (Bass). The lobby featured a Gallery of Visual Arts that showcased paintings, dress designs, drawings and renderings by students across the district.

The program served not only as a beautiful and memorable way to celebrate Black History Month, but also as a forum for students to showcase their artistic talents.