On Feb. 11, Kimberly Elementary School started the week with a Black History Month bang! The Monday morning program began with “Lift Every Voice & Sing” performed by Principal Joseph Salley and Turnaround Specialist Dr. Samara Ryce.
“Our Black History Month kick-off assembly and our celebration of the contributions of African Americans was important as we continue to instill pride in our young people,” said Principal Salley. “They must know that Black people are more than the negative stereotypes that are displayed in the media. They must know that they have the potential to be great no matter their circumstances. The entire month at Kimberly will be filled with activities that will amplify their pride in themselves and their community.”
School media specialist and communications ambassador Birgitta D. Johnson says the school-wide program aimed to keep motivation high for Black History Month as we approach winter break. According to Johnson, students were very engaged in the program and offered thunderous applause for singing staff members, who surprised students with their wealth of talent.
Students in third through fifth grades performed songs and skits based on several poems, including “Hey, Black Child” by Countee Cullen, “Ain’t I A Woman” by Sojourner Truth, and “I, Too” by Langston Hughes.
Students cheered the loudest for the fifth-grade girls who performed the “Ain’t I A Woman” skit.
The assembly was attended by all grades during two different performances.