South Huntington's Black History Presentation

The WWHS African American Heritage club presented Sage Thomas who performed an improvised number with her dance partner.
The WWHS African American Heritage club presented Sage Thomas who performed an improvised number with her dance partner.
Students take turns sharing the history of famous African American figures.
Students take turns sharing the history of famous African American figures.
The Step Team put on another memorable performance.
The Step Team put on another memorable performance.
The Latino Heritage Club put on a performance paying homage to African American influences in Latin dance.
The Latino Heritage Club put on a performance paying homage to African American influences in Latin dance.
Tatianna Lane beautifully sang “Rise Up” by Andra Day that left the crowd speechless.
Tatianna Lane beautifully sang “Rise Up” by Andra Day that left the crowd speechless.
Countrywood students sang a number from the musical Shenandoah, “Why Am I Me?”
Countrywood students sang a number from the musical Shenandoah, “Why Am I Me?”
The Silas Wood Band impressed the audience with their performance of “African Sketches” by James Curnow.
The Silas Wood Band impressed the audience with their performance of “African Sketches” by James Curnow.
The Walt Whitman and Stimson Jazz Bands paired up to perform two unforgettable tunes to close the evening.
The Walt Whitman and Stimson Jazz Bands paired up to perform two unforgettable tunes to close the evening.
The Maplewood Band, playing ‘Julie’s Blues’ and “A Shade of Blue” by Ed Sueta were a big hit.
The Maplewood Band, playing ‘Julie’s Blues’ and “A Shade of Blue” by Ed Sueta were a big hit.

South Huntington’s Black History Month presentation took center stage Tuesday, February 26th in the Walt Whitman High School Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by the African American Heritage Club, advisor Pamela Johnson oversaw a flawless evening that highlighted this year’s theme; “Who Am I!”

Students, alumni and special guests paid tribute to important contributions in our history with a collection of art works, literature readings, spoken word, dance, and musical performances that kept the packed house wanting more.  After some introductions by Ms. Johnson, Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy introduced special guests in attendance and got the evening going with a wonderful dance performance by the WWHS Latino Heritage Club. 

Our students from Birchwood opened the floor with a unity poem just before Countrywood students came together to sing “Why Am I Me?” from the musical Shenandoah. The Oakwood Chorus, directed by Ms. Pinelli eased into the folk song “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” and the WWHS Choir presented “Rise Up” by Andra Day, performed beautifully by Tatianna Lane. Next up was an interpretive dance performed by the incredibly talented Whitman dancer, Sage Thomas. A group of Maplewood students, led by Ms. Melillo, performed two wonderful songs by Ed Sueta titled “A shade of Blue” and “Julie’s Blues,” before the Silas Wood Band took the stage, led by Mr. Cannella, to perform “African Sketches” by James Curnow. 

Commanding center stage was Whitman’s own Step Team, coached by Ms. Johnson. These talented students put on an incredible show for the audience. Closing the evening was a performance by the Stimson and Whitman Jazz Bands, directed by Mr. Modelewski and Mr. Hoffman, who combined both talented groups to fill the room with a selection of reminiscent tunes, including “It’s Only a Paper Moon” by Harold Arlen and “C-Jam Blues” by Duke Ellington. 

Concluding the evening’s celebration was Ms. Johnson who thanked those responsible for making this year’s celebration the best ever. A special thank you to the talented and dependable members of the Walt Whitman African American Heritage Club who expertly interspersed the various musical and dance performances with historical readings that shared many facts about African American contributions to today’s society.

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