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Celebrating Our History Together: District 209 Brings Frederick Douglass to Life

March 9, 2012 10:00 AM
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Forest Park, IL...On Tuesday, February 28th, Proviso Township High Schools closed out Black History Month with an honorable tribute to the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass.

District 209 hosted this event as a district-wide Black History Month Program. All three events showcased student talent. They also welcomed a star guest from the hit stage play, Dream Girls. Kevin McILvainebrought the legacy of Frederick Douglass to life—giving students a modern day history lesson through the arts.

"We were very proud to present this joint Black History Program which welcomed all of our students in each of our schools to celebrate history together," said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. "Our administrators worked very hard to bring the talented Mr. Kevin McILvaine to our school for a one-of-a-kind performance that engaged our students and taught us all a little bit more about Black History."

Kevin McILvaine, the star guest of the program, performed at Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. McILvaine has appeared on television, film and stage. The award winning actor starred in Purlie, Dreamgirls, Keep the Faith, and The Meeting where he portrayed both Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. McILvaine also won a Black Theater Alliance Award for "Best Leading Actor in a Play" for his portrayal of Teddy Pendergrass in the Black Ensemble Theater's production, I Am Who I Am.

McILvaine performed the life of Frederick Douglas at each school. Students also played starring roles in the program. The Proviso West combined choirs, the Proviso East band, student poets, and Proviso West’s Interpretive Praise Dancers all helped students take a leap from present day into Black History.

Thank you, Mr. McILvaine and Proviso students! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.
 
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