Days urges students to make their own way'
Published 2:20 pm Wednesday, February 28, 2001
By By SHERRY DIGMON
Advance Staff Writer
Black history was celebrated in dance, song and word at Escambia County Middle School. The theme was Celebrate, Embrace and Respect – Diversity in the Twenty-First Century.
The Rev. A.T. Days, guest speaker, urged students to make their own place, be responsible for their own actions, and not buy in to the fads of the day. His remarks were met most favorably by parents and guests in the audience.
Days enlightened students on a popular fad – that of males wearing earrings.
Traditionally, when a male wore an earring, it was an indication to the maidens that he was ready for manhood.
Unlaced shoes and shirttails hanging out are common, but Days said both are a sign of laziness.
The common practice of wearing a cap backwards sends a message.
Days told students that buying into fads makes millionaires of the people who are selling the merchandise. He encouraged students to remember their past but also to look ahead to their own future.
Days received a standing ovation.
Other highlights of the program included selections, including the Black National Anthem, by the Inspirational Choir; occasion by Mark Everette; presentation of African American colors by Hykeem Craft; dance by Expos, Escambia County High School; acknowledgements by Martesha Crenshaw and Ashley Brazzel; closing remarks by Mona Simmons.