UNION COUNTY — Music, dance, songs, a skit based on a poem, and a personal story of tragedy and triumph were all part of the Black History Month celebration at Union County High School Friday morning.
February is Black History Month which celebrates the role of African-Americans in American history and the contributions they have made to the country and the world during that time.
In celebration of Black History Month, Union County High School held a Black History Program entitled “Stand Up for Something” Friday morning in the school auditorium where students, faculty, and guests were presented with series of performances and presentations including:
• The Pledge of Allegiance lead by the UCHS Color Guard
• The singing by all those present of the “Negro National Anthem: Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
• An address by UCHS Science Teacher Deidre Jeter-Gregory on “Why We Celebrate.”
• A slideshow presented by Classroom Assistant Title I Manning “TJ” Jeter set to “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke.
• A performance by students Tanyjha Thompson and Dee Harris based on the poem “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes.
• A group dance performed by students Alexis Stinson, Brianna Hughey, Jaleah Foster, Zakyah Walton, and Nyasia Stewart set to “He Lives in You” from the film “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride.”
• Student Trinity Morton singing “Total Praise.”
• An address by guest speaker Rona Neely who spoke about her life and how it changed from one of family poverty, physical & sexual abuse, promiscuity, and drug/alcohol addiction to one of happiness and success as a teacher and author and a happily married wife, mother, and grandmother.
• A solo dance performed by Brianna Hughey set to “Stand Up For Something” by Andra Day and Common.
The program was organized by the Black History Committee composed of UCHS Science Teacher Deidre Jeter-Gregory, Assistant Principal Fenissa Jeter, Digital Imaging Teacher Jeniaka Hames, Guidance Secretary Michelle Hughey, Head School Counselor Imani Richard, English Teacher and Teacher Cadet Jana Crocker-Moore, and GT Chorus Teacher Tom Mancine.
During the ceremony, Jeter welcomed those in attendance to the program and read the introduction to each of the dances; Richard introduced the guest speaker; student Jazmyn Boyd served as Mistress of Ceremony; and Dr. Shannon Gibson delivered the closing remarks.
The program provided to those in attendance featured these words by three famous African-Americans:
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
— Booker T. Washington
Have a vision. Be demanding.
— Colin Powell
I am where I am because of the bridges that I crossed. Sojourner Truth was a bridge. Harriet Tubman was a bridge. Ida B. Wells was a bridge. Madame C.J. Walker was a bridge. Fannie Lou Hamer was a bridge.
— Oprah Winfrey