By: Alexandria Ortiz
On February 29, 2016 Centereach High School had the annual Black History Month celebration. The theme was Night at the Apollo. The Apollo is a theater in Harlem known for the performances of famous African American singers, dancers, comedians, and more. The night was filled with various speakers, music, poetry, and the highlight of the night “Their Stories,” which was impersonations of historical and current members of the black community. Madam C.J. Walker, Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, Ella Fitzgerald, Michelle Obama, Jesse Owens, and Rosa Parkers were all impersonated.
Guest speaker Dr. Jarvis Watson gave a speech on leadership and how to be successful, all while spreading awareness about the struggles the black community faces. Dr. Jarvis Watson is the assistant dean of multi-cultural affairs at Stonybrook University. Dr. Watson decided to work at Stonybrook University because he attended the university as an undergrad student and he noticed there was barely any “people who looked like him African American wise” for him to look towards as mentors. He ran into a former boss and was persuaded into going back, but now he could be a figure for the students to gain guidance. He says, “It was a calling and I had to make sure I answered that calling.”