ECHOES 21st CCLC hosts Black History Program

| March 1, 2016


QUITMAN- ECHOES 21st CCLC students presented a Black History program on Thursday, Feb. 25th.

Students, teachers, and staff members from all four schools came together in the BCMS gym to celebrate Black History month. All were welcomed by Mary Wingate, NBES ECHOES student. Everyone then stood for the Pledge of Allegance and remained standing as Janie Jones, ECHOES Program Director, sang the National Anthem.

Carmelyta Spencer sang the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Jordan Rose, BCHS ECHOES student, read the history of Black History Month. Leah Swilley, BCMS ECHOES student, read about the local black history in Quitman and Brooks Co., which included many former local educators such as; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Ferris Stevens, Lenore Shackelford, Robert Marshall, and Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Wakefield. She also read about former and current local black owned businesses such as; Scooter’s Corner Store, Washington and Robinson Barber Shops, Stevens-McGhee Funeral Home and Blankumsee, Thomas, and Wright Funeral Services.

Local politicians were also spoke of such as; Nikki Bradley, the first African American city councilwoman and James Brown, the first African American Mayor.

She also spoke about local black leaders such as the African American Police Chief, Eddie Stroud, and the first African American Fire Chief, Clay Phillips.
Mackenzie Alexander, NBES ECHOES student, read the History of Music.

Afterwards QES, NBES, and BCHS students presented several musical numbers. QES ECHOES PreK and Kindergarten students sang the Martin Luther King Jr. song, “I Have a Dream.” QES 1st grade ECHOES students sang, “I Shall Not Be Moved.” NBES 5th grade ECHOES students sang, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Dancing In The Street,” as a tribute to Motown. QES 4th & 5th grade ECHOES students sang, “I believe I Can Fly.” BCHS ECHOES students sang. “Down By The Riverside.”

Maygan Weldon, BCMS ECHOES student read about the History of Dance. A group of BCMS ECHOES girls then performed a praise dance to the song, “Break Every Chain.” The program concluded with QES 2nd grade ECHOES students singing, “Lean on Me.”  Concluding remarks were made by Janie Jones, 21st CCLS-ECHOES Program Director and Tawanda Rose, 21st CCLC ECHOES Site Director at QES, who planned the event. Many parents, family members, and community members attended the event.

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