Students across the district joined together in a spirited
celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 16. The sixth annual
celebration brought students from all eight schools together to perform
songs, skits and dances at the Performing Arts Center of Freeport High
School, which was filled with parents and community residents.
The evening opened with the Presentation of Colors by the
FHS Navy JROTC, which was then followed by a welcome by Director of the
Department of Arts and Community Relations Ruth Breidenbach.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham spoke about the importance
of celebrating Black History.
“As we mark the 41st year of National African American
History Month, let us reflect on the sacrifices and contributions made
by generations of African Americans, and let us resolve to continue our
journey toward a day when every person, regardless of race or religion
knows the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness. Our children are the future inventors, scientists, doctors,
diplomats, educators, writers, artists, athletes, entertainers and
entrepreneurs that will bring new and better living to the next
generations. They will continue to be our ambassadors of peace and
Dr. Kuncham also welcomed the Board of Education, staff
members, Village of Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy, Town of Hempstead
Senior Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby and Lucia Martinez, a
representative from New York State Senator John E. Brooks’ Office.
High school student Michael Desir began the slate of
performances with a moving rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Follow-up performances included a theatrical presentation of “Thumbprint
Thank You” by the Odyssey of the Mind Team from Dodd; an uplifting
performance of “This Little Light of Mine” by the kindergarten Chorus
from Columbus; a foot stomping routine called “Kindness Crew” by the
Step Team from Giblyn; a rousing rendition of “Gonna Ride that Freedom
Train” by the third- and fourth-grade Glee Club from New Visions; a
colorful dance routine called “A Rhythmic Beat of Unity” by the Archer
Dance Team; a graceful performance of “Glory” by the high school’s
Competition Kickline; a spirited rendition of “I Sing Because I’m Happy”
by the sixth-grade Select Chorus from Atkinson; a precise Dance Mix by
second-graders at Bayview; a remarkable performance of “Elijah Rock” by
the high school’s Select Chorale; and a program finale featuring all of
the evening’s performers singing “Freedom Train” with accompanists Asher
Cook (Drums), Tim Warner (Piano) and Sam Weatherspoon (Bass). The lobby
featured a Gallery of Visual Arts that showcased paintings, dress
designs, drawings and renderings by students across the district.
The program served not only as a beautiful and memorable way
to celebrate Black History Month, but also as a forum for students to
showcase their artistic talents.