Be-"You"-tiful Black History Presentation

Flags filled the stage in unison as the Latino Heritage Club ended the evening of performances with a set of dances paying homage to African American influences.  thumbnail164873
Flags filled the stage in unison as the Latino Heritage Club ended the evening of performances with a set of dances paying homage to African American influences.
Ta’Tianna Lane beautifully sang “You Say” by Lauren Daigle.  thumbnail164874
Ta’Tianna Lane beautifully sang “You Say” by Lauren Daigle.
The Silas Wood Orchestra, under director Ms. Silvera, played “Summertime” by George and Ira Gershwin.  thumbnail164875
The Silas Wood Orchestra, under director Ms. Silvera, played “Summertime” by George and Ira Gershwin.
James Ellis’ “The Chicken” was performed effortlessly by the Walt Whitman High School Jazz Band.  thumbnail164879
James Ellis’ “The Chicken” was performed effortlessly by the Walt Whitman High School Jazz Band.
“It Don’t Mean a Thing” for these Countrywood students singing the classic Duke Ellington tune.  thumbnail164880
“It Don’t Mean a Thing” for these Countrywood students singing the classic Duke Ellington tune.
Maplewood Student Council poets shared their original writings that expressed their admiration for famous African American leaders.   thumbnail164881
Maplewood Student Council poets shared their original writings that expressed their admiration for famous African American leaders.
The WWHS Step Team rocked the house with another memorable performance.  thumbnail164882
The WWHS Step Team rocked the house with another memorable performance.
Senior Sage Thomas gracefully took the stage in her improvisational dance.  thumbnail164883
Senior Sage Thomas gracefully took the stage in her improvisational dance.
The Oakwood Chorus embraced the historical evening with the Folk song “Michael Row the Boat Ashore.” thumbnail164884
The Oakwood Chorus embraced the historical evening with the Folk song “Michael Row the Boat Ashore.”
Whitman’s high school students shared various poetry readings that were creative and powerful.  thumbnail164885
Whitman’s high school students shared various poetry readings that were creative and powerful.
African American Heritage Club advisor Mrs. Pamela Johnson recognized club members and the performing groups on making this annual event such a success.  thumbnail164886
African American Heritage Club advisor Mrs. Pamela Johnson recognized club members and the performing groups on making this annual event such a success.

South Huntington’s Black History Month presentation took center stage Tuesday, February 11th 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; “Be-‘You’-tiful.”

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 Choir solo by Ta’Tianna Lane, singing “You Say” by Lauren Daigle.

Our students from Silas Wood opened the floor with a performance of “Summertime” by George and Ira Gershwin just before the Walt Whitman High School Jazz Band performed “The Chicken” by James Ellis. Students from Countrywood followed as they sang “It Don’t Mean a Thing” by Duke Ellington before Maplewood’s Student Council took the stage to share poems they had written in honor of this celebratory month.

The high school Step Team commanded the stage with great energy before leading into a beautifully well-done interpretive dance performed by Whitman senior dancer, Sage Thomas. The Oakwood Chorus, directed by Ms. Pinelli, took to the risers as they sang the folk song “Michael Row the Boat Ashore.” Following their lively performance were various poetry readings from our high school students, just before closing the evening with an impressive set from the WWHS Latino Heritage Club that paid homage to African American influences in Latin dance.

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 went out to the dependable members of the African American Heritage Club, and especially to club President and Senior Samantha Francois for her dedication and contributions to the African American Heritage Club during her four years at Walt Whitman. It was a wonderful evening and we thank all of the talented performers who made this night memorable and meaningful.

 

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