Black History Month Kickoff
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 6:35 AM


Monday, March 8 was National African American Parent Involvement Day.  Each campus hosted a student assembly to kick-off Black History month and to celebrate African American cultural and civil rights history.  

Five of our 3rd Graders worked hard with Maggie Quinlan, our Social Worker, to present an oration of excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.  We were then visited by Duniya, a West African drumming and dance group, who performed traditional Guinea drumming and dancing for our K-3 students.  This was a great cultural experience for our staff and students!

Why do we celebrate Black History month?  This was a question answered by our guest speaker, lifetime civil rights activist,  Dr. Josie Johnson.  Dr. Johnson, a dear friend of one of our LHCS families, was present at Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech.  She told the students that Dr. King expressed a wish that one day his four children would be judged by their character and not the color of their skin.  She then asked students to consider moments when they see someone being  judged, or treated badly, and to do something about it.  She asked them to make an effort to speak to someone they might not normally speak to because they seem different.  Specifically, she asked students to start a written record of these moments and what they did to make a difference.

Thank you to the following performers who made the day special and wowed us with their participation.
LHCS 3rd Grade orators for performing excerpts of Dr. King’s speech at BOTH campuses!  
Duniya Dance Company (lower campus).
LHCS alumni Alexis H. for a beautiful solo dance performance (upper campus).
And LHCS Middle School Choir for an acapella performance of South African songs of activism in honor of  Nelson Mandella (upper campus).

Black History Month Presentation at LC