African-American History Assembly

African-American History Assembly
Posted on 02/28/2020
On February 28th Edgemont students, staff and families came together in the multi-purpose room to celebrate a month of learning about African-American history. Through song, dance, art, poetry and literature, students highlighted all that they had learned about the rich history of African-Americans in the United States and beyond. 

Upon entering the school, visitors were treated to artwork and information, including an African-American Inventors Hall of Fame by 1st graders, models of famous African-Americans made by 4th graders, mosaic posters of other famous African-Americans made by 3rd, 4th and 5th graders with the guidance of art teacher Mrs. Melhuish, and oil pastel portraits created by 5th grade ArtExtra students. 

In the multipurpose room, Mr. Freeman and Mrs. Wiley (fka Ms. Henry) welcomed a full house to this annual event. The Student Council members then began the program with a reading of the book "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy. The entire school community then sang "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" accompanied by Mr. Mellman on the piano. 

Fourth graders were next up singing "We Shall Not be Moved" while footage of the Civil Rights movement played behind them followed by the 4th grade sign language group signing to the U2 song "Pride: In the Name of Love." Fifth graders presented a moving tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant. Mrs. Wiley's Delightful Rhythms dancers performed an African dance number followed by Kindergarten students singing Ella Fitzgerald's classic "A Tisket, A Tasket." 

The 5th grade band then performed selections from Duke Ellington's "C Jam Blues" and "Duke's Place." Ms. Pastorino's 3rd graders and Ms. Corcoran's kindergarteners recited an excerpt from the book "28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World" by Charles R. Smith. First graders recited the poem "To You" by Langston Hughes then sang Duke Ellington's "Take the A Train." Ms. Dharsi's 2nd graders read "Our Children Can Soar" by Michelle Cook followed by Ms. Mancini's 2nd graders reciting the poem "Love Each Other" which was inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration ended with Ms. O'Connor's 3rd grade class recited "Ruby Bridges' Brave Step" and then performed an interpretive dance to Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love of All." 

Some pictures from our celebration:

Mr. Freeman welcoming students, staff and family members

Museum of African-American Inventors

2nd graders reciting a poem

3rd graders dancing

4th grade models of famous African-Americans

Members of the 5th grade band performing

Kindergarteners performing on stage

Mosaics by 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
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