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Black History Month celebration

Devone Gary

Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts will celebrate Black History Month on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm. This year's presentation is entitled "Music Lives," which chronicles music from the 20th century through today.

The presentation will feature a stage play written about a family traveling through time who experience significant events that have shaped the "culture" and the history of the African-American experience. Ironically, the family is named after the genres of music that have sustained the roots of the African American culture - Gospel, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues.

The show will highlight pertinent events which shaped not just African American "culture" but shaped the course of American history, such as the Great Migration, entertainment at New York's Savoy and Cotton Clubs during the Renaissance era, the African American presence in the Military, acts of nonviolent protests during the Civil Rights Movement, empowerment through the 1970's of greater racial pride, and leadership in areas such as television, athletics, politics and the music industry.

Additionally, two young artists - Daniel D, urban violinist, and Devone Gary, saxophonist, will inspire and encourage our students during a morning performance that will hopefully lead them to explore and work hard on their own talents.

Violinist Daniel D is a 2009 Apollo Theater Winner, Spotlight Performer on B.E.T.'s 106 & Park, and has performed for President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King and the late Michael Jackson.

Saxophonist Devone Gary is accomplished in both alto and soprano sax. His musical performances include mainstream and contemporary jazz, R&B, pop, soul, hip-hop, and inspirational.

Many thanks to BHESA staff members Stephanie Shiver, Ebony Johnson, and Janice Brown who diligently planned this program.

Written by: Janice Brown, Assistant, and Syble Isbister
Posted: Feb 08, 2011 by Syble Isbister

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