CHAMBERS COUNTY SCHOOLS CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
LaFAYETTE – John P. Powell Middle School and LaFayette High School both presented Black History programs Wednesday in conjunction with the national observance of Black History Month.
Students at J. P. Powell presented a program entitled, “A Black History Celebration for our Past, Present and Future.” Special tribute was given to some of the most iconic men and women from the days of slavery through the Civil Rights movement, including Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. These early pioneers established legacies that impacted the future of their race, which has transcended time and continues as a positive influence today.
Members of the student body at LaFayette High School presented a play that also chronicled the struggle of African-Americans in society following the abolition of slavery.
What began as “Negro History Week” in 1926 was expanded to a month-long celebration in 1970, and six years later was being recognized across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers when President Gerald Ford urged national participation during the United States Bicentennial.
Since then, the celebration of Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, has been observed in other countries as well: the United Kingdom (1987), Canada (1995) and the Netherlands (2016).
“It’s important for our students to explore the past and remember the people and events that shaped our history,” said Chambers County School Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge. “Our educators and students do an excellent job each year in highlighting Black History Month during February.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Students at John P. Powell Middle School in LaFayette, shown above, presented a Black History program Wednesday in conjunction with the observance of Black History Month. Special tribute was given to individuals who shaped the future for African-Americans, such as Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.
By David Bell