Celebrating black history

Published 3:45 pm Wednesday, February 18, 2009

By By MaryClaire Foster
In honor and recognition of Black History Month, Escambia County Middle School held its annual program with the theme “Mission imPossible.”
ECMS Principal Zickeyous Byrd said the program is held to keep the accomplishments achieved and sacrifices made by African Americans throughout history fresh in the minds of the youth.
Dr. Bernard Bishop was the guest speaker at the event and spoke on the theme “Mission imPossible.” He said he thinks Black History Month is important for black students as well as white and wanted them to take away from the program that anything is possible if you believe you can do it.
Traci Preyer was the mistress of order presiding over the program. The program began with a welcome by Minister Quentin Frye. Dranetta Howard gave an inspirational thought followed by student Chelsea Ramer reading her essay on “What Black History Means to Me.” The poem “I Am a Part of History” was read and then students performed the skit “I Am a Black Woman.” The selection “Everybody Clap Your Hands” was performed followed by another skit entitled “A Brother that Will Turn the Ships Around.” Calvin Richardson introduced speaker Dr. Bernard Bishop and the selection “Spirit Fall Down” was performed preceding his speech with the selection “I’m Gonna Be Ready” following it.
Byrd said he was pleased with the program.

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