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East Elementary Black History Celebration

A very special evening was enjoyed by students, staff, parents, and guest when East Elementary School celebrated Black History Month on February 25th. The theme for the event was “Believe, Achieve, Succeed” as the crowded auditorium echoed with traditional music, speeches, inspirational readings, and dance. The entertainment began with a selection of jazz music provided by the Monroe Middle School Jazz Band directed by Craig Retzlaff. The program officially opened with an inspirational speech from Mayor Franklin D. Deese, the first African-American mayor of the city. Not only did Mayor Deese provide an encouraging talk for the audience he also brought a message to East Elementary School from President Barack Obama. A series of readings from selected East Elementary fifth grade students shared important words from well-known African-Americans. The highlight of the evening came when the Gary Mumford African Drum and Dance Ensemble took the stage. The group provided traditional music and included the entire audience in an African dance. In order to close the event the East Elementary fourth and fifth grade students sang “We Shall Overcome.” Following the program the audience moved the celebration to the cafeteria for a meal of Carolina Barbecue.

Written by: Susan Hansen/db
Posted: Mar 08, 2010 by Dianna Blakeney

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