Black History Month Showcase And Awards Ceremony

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On Friday, Feb. 28, the Ocean Bay Child Center of NY present a Black History Program, bringing local children and adults together to learn about the culture and history of Black people in America. 

The children were the main event as they performed the National Black Anthem. 

Afterward,  kids from Grades K-1 showcased artwork and shared Black History readings, Grades 2-3 presented an awesome Black History Month Collage with pictures of famous Civil Rights Activists, and student from Grades 4 and 5 sang “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” which was a touching performance.  They also performed a skit about Rosa Parks. 

Later in the program, they shared an Informational address and skit about the Ruby Bridges Biography.

The Ocean Bay D.R.E.A.M. Dance Ensemble entertained those in attendance with their rendition of the song “The Storm is Over Now,” and showed through the power of dance the true meaning of resilience. The audience also enjoyed their Hip Hop Black History Mashup that had everyone clapping and foot-tapping before the Glee and Drama Club put their talents to work and captivated the crowd with “Floetry of Black History.”

Local kids present their collage presentation of Civil Rights Leaders

There was also a Cooking Club presentation by “The Young Chefs,” who served delicious hors d’oeuvres, and many mentioned that they were looking forward to future meals from the group as they learn and grow in their crafts.

Finally, Rock Safe Streets, A Sheltering Arms Program, were recognized for their relentless community service, and plaques were given out to honor community members and partners.

Throughout the program, there was drumming by a member of the Rockaway Cultural Group, and Nina Simone’s song “Young, Gifted, and Black,” was performed by yours truly.

Later in the program, the drummer was joined by a dancer who reminded us of our African heritage, roots, and ancestry. A down to earth reading was also heard that helped us remember and embrace the unique contribution of black people past, present and hopes for the future.

The program ended with a Magic Show by Wayne “Superius” Garland that wrapped up the program with much excitement and laughter. 

The community would like to extend our thanks to Director Dr. Deborah Hoyle, Vincent M. Coleman,  Assistant Director and everyone that nurtured the children and families at this memorable Black History event.

Ocean Bay Cornerstone Child Center certainly has a wealth of programming going on throughout the year. Please come by, there is something for people of all ages!

Plaques were presented to the Rock Safe Streets/Sheltering Arms Honorees


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