Black History Month Celebration

Written by Madison Lloyd

On February 26, 2019, Centereach High School celebrated Black History Month as it was aptly titled “A Night at the Met”.  With help from the Art and Fashion Clubs, the night was a complete success. It was also very informational as students were able to learn about well known black artists, such as Jean Michel Basquiat and Horace Pippin. With Ebubechukwu Ewechia, a junior, at the podium talking about African American Artists, viewers were given the opportunity to understand the contrasting art and the reasons for which they were created. The participants of the club had made many posters which reflected the artists and their works. The guest speaker for the evening was Reggie Andrews. He talked about his previous struggles as an immigrant from Haiti and how he was able to push through those obstacles to become the artist he is now. Today, he owns an art gallery in New York called Frame That Art and Gallery. Andrews further went on to say that being black is a privilege. Black appreciation was also portrayed through the fashion show, which was directed by junior Laiba Qureshi. Clothing worn by models Grace Jones, Iman, and former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, were represented by students as they walked down the runway. Meanwhile, the audience was given background information on the clothing items and the people. Other performances included singing and poetry reading. Towards the beginning of the program, the CHS Women’s Choir sang the National Anthem and then joined the Select Voice Ensemble in singing “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord”. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was also sung by freshmen Sarach Atasi and Keyana Demosthene. While they sang, the audience joined, filling the cafeteria with words of joy. A poem was read by Jasmine Williams titled, “What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black (Reflection of an African American Mother)” by Margaret Burroughs. Through this reading, listeners were allowed to to hear how the author’s words reflected the world she and her children were living in. Overall, it was very inspirational and educational event.  The night even featured a surprise visit from former CHS Assistant Principal Ms. Marshall who flew in from Michigan to be a part of the celebration. Special thanks to Ms. Strong who coordinated the event with weeks of preparation and Mr. Hough who supervised the vocal performances.

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