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Students Celebrate Black History Month at Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School

Students at Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School will put on a one-of-a-kind Black History program, Thursday, March 8, 2012. The program will be in the school’s gym and will start at 8:30 A.M.

Each day, during the month of February, the students were treated to a different prominent African-American each day. The celebration will conclude with sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students at Whitworth-Buchanan to present “African Art, Music, Literature: A Valuable Cultural Experience”, the theme for the 2012 Black History Month. The program gives students a look through time at significant African American artists, musicians, and literary figures. The program will feature the WBMS Band and Choir, as well as acting and dance performances by various student groups, which will provide insight into significant people and events throughout African-American history. The program will begin with the presentation of the colors by the WBMS Flag team, the singing of our Star-Spangled Banner by the WBMS Concert Choir, and a special performance of the African-American national anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, by Mr. Albert Richardson, a prominent vocalist in the area. Mr. Richard Garvin, Jr., the associate director of the Star Medical Group, LLC and a member of the Murfreesboro Chapter of the NAACP will be the guest speaker. After various performances of student groups, the program will conclude with Ms. Vera Warrick, founder of a local touring youth gospel group, singing “Still I Rise”.

I feel that it is great that we are allowing the students an opportunity to be a part of something that is not just Black History but American History. Their eyes are opened to a part of history that is not widely noted and one that benefits their lives somehow in everything that they do. Through exploring Black history we are reminded just how rich in diversity and culture we are as a nation.said LaToya Beard 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year at Whitworth- Buchanan Middle School.

A special thank you goes to Mr. Wayne Gillard, Miss Mary Margaret Moore, Mr. Jim Stuppy, and members of the Student Leadership Team for collaborating with the students at Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School in order to bring this program to the students, parents, and community.  This event is free and open to the public.