LANSING | Black History Month at Heritage Middle School usually consists of a few events during the school day meant to give students a glimpse into the contributions of African-Americans in our society.
But this year, officials at the school decided to plan a bigger production to educate the surrounding community.
The Black History Evening Celebration will take place from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the school at 19250 Burnham Ave. Admission to the event is free.
“This is our first event for the community, everyone here is so excited,” said Diane Lund, a librarian at Heritage Middle School who helped coordinate the program. The event will involve about 90 of the school’s 480 students.
“It is our chance to show off our students while also helping to teach the community as a whole more about our shared history,” Lund said. “All of us can learn something new.”
Features of the event are presentations by the Charisma Inspire Dance Company, along with songs performed by the middle school’s choir and a show by a student group called “The Steppers,” who will do a step-dance routine inspired by the dance troupes that exist at many black-oriented colleges.
Also, fifth-grade student Joshua Prioleau will do a rendition of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s, “I have a Dream” speech.
“He gets into it so much, you’d never believe he’s only in the fifth grade,” Lund said.
Students also will be putting together a “Living Museum,” in which they will impersonate people of significance who were African-American.
Lund said students have spent the past month preparing for Wednesday’s public presentation, under the supervision of seventh-grade reading teacher Jennifer Brown and other faculty.
Heritage Middle School is part of Sunnybrook Elementary District 171 which serves Lansing and Lynwood.