On Thursday, February 16th, East held their annual Black History Month assembly for students and staff who signed up to attend. Starting off the assembly, the East Upper School choir sang the National Anthem and then they sang the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Members from both East’s Upper and Lower School Lighthouse Committee scholars recited original poems they wrote. East’s Lower School choir performed just after, singing songs that scholars in the choir chose, that they believed were motivational for the events going on today with the activist group Black Lives Matter and their movement.
Celebrating Black History Month is important in schools, especially urban schools where the majority of kids are of color, because it’s important for students to know the history and achievements of their people. It’s also important for students and even teachers who are not of color to support and help others learn about Black History Month and the true significance of this month in school.
A special thanks to Mrs. Leda Williams-Matthews for all her hard work in making this assembly inspirational and successful year after year!