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VIDEO, PHOTOS: Assembly kicks off Black History Month

Students filled the SHHS auditorium on February 1 for the YAC Black History Month assembly.

During second block on Thursday, February 1, Strath Haven’s Young Activists Coalition (YAC) presented their annual assembly to the school to commence Black History Month. The assembly featured a variety of speakers, art, singing, and writing. 

Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille opened the assembly by delivering a speech, quoting acclaimed American writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin twice. One of these quotes included, “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”

Dr. Marseille urged students to consider the deeper meanings of Black History Month.

“These moments of reconciliation and moments of celebration, whether it is today where we celebrate Black History Month or whether it is any month in celebration,” Dr. Marseille said. “…It is an opportunity to see your own reflection, for you to be reminded of our collective identities.”

The assembly also included solo speeches from juniors Zoe Likely, Josiah Robinson-Leary, and Jordyn Thurmond, who acted as the emcees of the event.

“Even beyond black history, storytelling has a long-lasting effect as it keeps our stories and memories alive for generations to come,” Robinson-Leary said.

Junior Brandon Seals and sophomore Elizabeth Mboowa delivered a presentation on the importance of art was delivered. As they answered questions about their personal journeys as artists, the stage screen projected their art.

“Art is a connection that we all share,” Seals said.

Senior Oyindamola Songonuga sang the solo piece “If I Have a Son” by Ruth B. and the YAC dance team performed a dance routine to “AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM”  by Beyoncé (ft. Kendrick Lamar) and “FTCU” by Nicki Minaj.

Poems written by political activist Lamont Lily and a showcase of African-American hairstyles were presented at the assembly.

The emcees gave one final remark before the lights came back on. 

“Don’t forget to join YAC,” they said.

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Matthew Ramirez is a sophomore and a member of the Haven Yearbook. Matthew enjoys photography, art, and listening to music.
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