Students celebrate black history, diversity through arts

East Kentwood High School dance team performs to ‘Warrior’

“Let Us Remember.”
“Let No Man Pull You Down.”
“Vision of Equality.”
“The World We Dream.”
“I am a Black Woman.”
“I am a Man.”

Mikaila Hancock delivers ‘Mine All Mine’

The titles of  performances said it all at the eighth annual Black History Diversity Celebration Feb. 13 in the East Kentwood High School auditorium. Uplifting poems, skits, dances and music were all part of the night, along with displays from schools celebrating the diversity of different cultures and a community dinner. Despite missing many rehearsals because of the school closing due to the weather, “the kids were super awesome,” said Jamie L. Gordon, a program committee member and executive director of human resources at the school. The experience was more than just a performance, though. “Through doing it the students learn some of the history they didn’t know,” Gordon said, adding the event’s goal is to be a “call to action that reminds us that it will take all of us, side by side, to continue our progress.”

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