CPE 2015-2016 Good News Corner!

Cecil Picard Elementary celebrates Black History Month.


Cecil Picard Elementary students took a brief look at the history of African Americans, and  how the event grew out of “Negro History Week into “Black History Month by the historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

The month long celebration began with students and teachers reading a brief synopsis of the heritage, culture ,and struggles of  African American contributions to our U.S. history.  Students read trivia clues of how Black History Month was first established by the historian, Carter G. Woodson, who wanted to ensure that the contributions made by African American men and women throughout history, would not be forgotten.  Student participated in a variety of activities and displays. The celebration ended with a short program presented by the program coordinator, Pauline Scott. Special guest included Coach Byron Starks, who spoke to the students on how basketball was used as a connection  for him between school, volunteering, and learning. He explained once you have a gift or a talent you must use it to help yourself and others. You can’t do it all by yourself.  He use the word “JUMP” in order to explain his message to succeed.   Coach Byron stated, “Just use more  Purpose, Just use more Passion, Just use more  People, and Just use more Practice.” He explained in order to rise above the competition you must make sound choices.  Soloist Bethany Foote  sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing“, as her opening selection.” Program coordinator, Pauline Scott, explained how this song became such a strong influence to African America throughout the country.  “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is known as the “Black American National Anthem”, which was originally written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson principal of  Stanton Elementary School and later set to music by his brother John R. Johnson. The song “Lift Every Voice and Sing was publicly performed first as a poem as part of a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12. 1900, by 500 school children at the segregated Stanton School.  Principal James Weldon Johnson wrote the words to introduce its honored guest Booker T. Washington. In 1919 t he NAACP dubbed it “ The Negro National Anthem for its power in voicing the cry for liberation and affirmation for African American people. This song was also recited to begin the benediction at the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama.  Kaileigh Babineaux recited the poem “Hey, Black Child”, and the Prophetic Seed Dancers,  Akeela Davenport, Nazariah Davies,and Aleah Johnson of Lightschool  Elementary School, perform beautifully dancing  to the song “Glory” from the movie “Selma”. The song was written by John Legend, which recently won a Grammy Award. Soloist Bethany Foote closed they program with her rendition of “Smile” by Kirk Franklin. The students clapped and sang along with her.





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