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Storytelling, stepping and singing part of Black History celebration

February 2013

Updated March 8
Students and faculty at Cross Country Elementary/Middle School held a special celebration of Black History Month during the week of Feb. 25 to March 1. The students were treated to assemblies where they learned valuable lessons about historical African American figures and how they made changes for the better throughout their communities and the country.

These assemblies included storytelling from Bunjo Butler, a branch manager at Enoch Pratt Free Library, poetry, dance from middle school students to a song about black history and a step show performed by members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

“I learned that our history is very important, and when you get to college, there are different things you can do to stay out of trouble, like joining sororities and fraternities,” says Barry, an 8th grader at the school.

“I learned a lot of things. As our principal was saying, be who you are and respect yourself so other people can respect you,” says Muntaha, a 6th grade student.

In addition to studying black history throughout the month, another important lesson the kids were taught is that they should always educate themselves and stay on the right path so that they too can become great people and do great things. See photos below: