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International Black History Celebration

From left to right: Caitlyn Brown, Morgan Shea, Amaya Lewis, Anna Gentry, Whitlei Cason, Mr. Smith and John Lee performing for the International Black History Celebration

 Every year Porter Ridge Middle School comes together in a celebration of culture, diversity, and ultimately, unity. Black History Month is a time when we recognize the contributions and struggles of African Americans in our community, our country and the world through our own program - International Black History Celebration.

“International Black History month focuses on the achievements of African Americans all over the world. It is celebrated here at Porter Ridge to bring awareness to our students and staff that when we work together we can accomplish greatness,” said Mr. Samuel Ryan, the event organizer. “This event seeks to involve all cultures while at the same time highlighting the accomplishments of African Americans... International Black History celebration expresses the idea that we are all one family and together we can do marvelous things that will shape the future for many generations to come.”

Students from every grade level participated in the program. There were musical performances and cultural dancing. Art representing famous African Americans decorated our gymnasium.

The highlight of the program had to be the medley of Stevie Wonder hits performed by our students and staff with some visitors lending a helping hand. The band included Dr. Harris on alto sax, Mr. Anderson on tenor saxophone, Mr. Dawson on keyboard, Mr. Martin on guitar, and student, Melvin Covert on drums. Porter Ridge parent, Mr. Lee was on trombone, and special guest, Little Big Eagle, (representing the Tuscarora Nation) played bass guitar. Our vocalists included students, Caitlyn Brown, Amaya Lewis, John Lee, Morgan Shea, Whitlei Cason, Anna Gentry and ISS teacher Mr. Smith. You can view some of the highlights of the program on our Facebook page.

Our students, who were very vocal and enthusiastic, had a great time and enjoyed the experience while keeping in mind its purpose. Said seventh grader, Anthony Smith, Jr., “It is important to recognize the achievements in sports, politics and inventions, while remembering slavery and the sacrifices of African American people.” And that was precisely the point at PRMS in their annual International Black History Celebration, February 28th.


Written by: Christine Courtney and Scott Dawson
Posted: Mar 05, 2014 by Christine Courtney

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