African-American history and culture, music, and tributes to historically black colleges and universities were all part of the celebrations marking Black History Month at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on February 26 through 28.
Students, teachers, and staff celebrated the rich history of African-Americans in a series of assemblies that included poetry, dance, music, and drama. Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that it was important for students to learn about the history of African-Americans.
"Learning about the past and learning particularly about black history is necessary for us to grow and move forward in a positive manner," she said. "I commend our faculty, staff, and students for devoting the time to learning about an important part of our history and culture."
Proviso East High School paid tribute to historically black colleges and universities by reenacting Homecoming Weekend at Howard University, which was established in 1867 in Washington D.C. The show included a halftime-like performance by the Proviso East marching band and a dramatization of a Sunday morning church service. It also included a Greek step-show by fraternities and sororities, several of which were represented by faculty and administrators. Students then voted on the winner of the stepshow.
Proviso West students provided a preview of their show, "Because of Them, We Can!" in assemblies on February 27. The show featured performances by the Proviso Interpretative Praise Team, Unidos, and individual students and groups who showcased the history of African-Americans.
The Proviso West students will have a complete performance of "Because of Them, We Can!" at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Proviso West High School Little Theater. Admission is $1 plus a canned good for students, with chaperones admitted for free.
PMSA completed the week with its own Black History Month assemblies on February 27 and 28 in the school’s auditorium. The shows, which were all student-led and student-created, included tributes to notable African-Americans in the fields of music, civil rights, politics, and international affairs. There also was a tribute to historically black colleges and universities with a dance-off between students representing the Stingettes of Alabama State University and the Dancin’ Divas of Alabama A&M University.