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PTHS D209 Celebrates Black History Month

March 13, 2018 01:01 PM
Dr. Rodriguez and PAEC Students
PTHS D209 students, teachers, and staff recognized African American historical figures and their achievements through a series of events that took place at each school. Some events included assemblies, walking museums, dance, music, and poetry.
The Proviso West High School African American Club sponsored a "Walking Museum." From February 5 – 9, 2018, historian, Tammy Gibson displayed an exhibit – as she dressed in character of a field hand. Ms. Gibson covered the history of slavery from 1700 until the Emancipation with artifacts from all around the world, as well as pictures of some of her archaeological digs with recent finds.
Another guest speaker was Chris Medjo-Me-Zengue, native of Cameroon, Africa who presented his story about life in Africa through artifacts that included handmade items, family heirlooms, and wood from different types of trees. Proviso West students also had an opportunity to meet a special guest - one of the "Freedom Riders," Mr. Johnny Ashford. Mr. Ashford shared his many experiences in that era, as well as the true meaning of what a "Freedom Riders" means.  
The Proviso West High School African American Club also organized a powerful Black History Month assembly that took place on February 13, 2018. This year’s theme was "We are all One. We are United." 
According to club sponsor Diann G. Lambert, the meaning behind the theme is "We all live on this earth together as one, therefore, we should be encouraging one another, inspiring one another, and educating one another instead of fighting with one another."
The program included a selection by an African band, the Proviso Choir, dance performances by the Pantherettes, a spectacular show from the Proviso Drumline, and a dance by the Proviso Interpretive Praise Club. Through their talents, the African American Club inspired, encouraged, and educated the Proviso West community to "live as one."
On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, the PAEC classrooms at Proviso East honored outstanding individuals through speeches and posters during the Black History Month celebration. Over 20 students presented their research and gave Power Point presentations on individuals, ranging from civil rights leaders to athletes to professional actors and actresses. After the presentations, students were available to discuss their famous person, while displaying the poster they created as part of their research. It was a wonderful celebration and an obvious display of students taking such pride in their work.
The celebrations continued on February 20th with PMSA Multicultural Club presentation of its 2018 Black History Program in the evening for community and families and Wednesday, February 21st for students, staff and faculty. The team collaborated, developed and created an Awards Show Theme program that included live dance performances and spoken word. Students created introductions for each category which included "Most Inspirational African American Civil Rights Activist" and "Most Inspirational African American Author" to name a few. A video clip presented the nominees and the presenters read the name of the winner. Winners came from the audience and presented their acceptance speech which included facts about their life and their contributions to African American History. The PMSA Step Team also performed this year.
Mr. Matt Brown, PMSA Choral Director, Music, and Department Chair, congratulates the student leaders for developing an excellent and engaging Black History Month program. 
At Proviso East, teachers participated in a month-long quiz where each morning during announcements teachers listened to a song and identified the artist and the song. The prize included a continental breakfast for the entire class!
As a continuation of Black History Month celebrations, Proviso East High School students showed their talents and history during an assembly on February 27,2018 and held the annual Senior Citizens’ Day celebration on February 26, 2018.
The Maywood Senior Citizens' Club was invited to Proviso East to meet with students and share their stories. The annual celebration gave students and senior citizens an opportunity for meaningful interactions. The Proviso East NJROTC greeted participants as they arrived at the school. The Proviso East Social Room was filled with energy and excitement as cross-generational connections took place. 
Superintendent Rodriguez thanks PTHS D209 students, faculty, and staff for recognizing the history, experiences and accomplishments of African Americans in such a thoughtful and powerful manner. 

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