During a skit called "The Lesson" by the CMS Music Production Club, a student talks about some of the many black Americans who have made valuable contributions to society. Students and teachers of Far Rockaway High School were treated to a journey through Black History last week at a special show put on by students, including those who take part in the CMS After School Program at the school.
The African American Assembly Program 2007 provided a tribute to the rich culture and contributions of African-Americans as part of Black History Month.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the celebration of black history in 1926 as Negro History Week. It wasn't until the 1960's when it was expanded to a month-long celebration.
Woodson picked the month of February because it is the birth months of Abraham Lincoln (who signed the Emancipation Proclamation) and black abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
|Jacqueline Diaz recites Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman". Students explain the meaning behind the colors of the African Liberation Flag created by Marcus Garvey. The red is for the blood of those taken from Africa to America; the black for African Americans ethnic background and the green is for the natural wealth of Africa. Kareem Ali sings Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely". Students in brightly colored dress represent some of the many countries that make up mother Africa, portrayed by FRHS teacher Ms. Williams. A highlight of the show for many was the performance by William Kingston and Anika Rennie of original songs from their upcoming album "The Thought Process". The CMS Step/Spirit Team takes the audience through the history of Step, which can be traced back to Africa. A dance group performs one of several Praise Dances. |