Black History Program
February 28, 2014
AHS students put on a FABULOUS Black History program on Friday, February 28. The program highlighted the struggles endured during and the triumph over slavery and a huge variety of famous black literary figures, civil rights activists, and performers. Students played the roles of these figures with incredible conviction. The dancing and singing by individuals and groups were entertaining, moving, and inspirational. Ms. Cynthia Foster's breathtaking performance of the National Anthem set the tone for the program. Ms. Doris Richardson's rendition of a gospel hymn was absolutely moving. The stars of the show were the students, however. Hosts Tamara Boykins and Tyrus Solomon were the backbone of the show, seamlessly introducing performers and conducting famous African Americans contests with their witty commentary and jokes. One of the most powerful acts was the representations of famous black figures, such as Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, and President Obama with his body guard. These famous figures were portrayed by Delana Harrell, Kherra Brown, Davarious Carr, Jordan Baldwin, Aareyon McGee, Trayvon Cook, and Fred Torrence. Famous literary figures were represented, as well. The following students recited poems: Gavin Vining, Langston Hughes, "I, Too, Sing America"; Tashema Jackson, Nicki Giovanni, "Ego Tripping." Aislin Foster, Tupac, "Rose that Grew from Concrete." Famous musical performers and personalities were also represented. Nehemiah Butler's impersonation of Stevie Wonder was spot on with his piano playing of "My Cherie Amour"; Aareyon McGee with big hair, as Tina Turner, lip-synced "What's Love Got to Do with It?"; Nathan Chapman "Moon-Walked" across the stage and gave a "Hee-Hee" for good measure as Michael Jackson, making the crowd cheer. Justin Green and Tobias Hampton rapped Tupac. Anthony Bridges also rapped with added commentary about how black men need to respect and honor their women. Mr. Damon Jackson strutted as George Jefferson, dancing to "Movin' On Up." Mr. Byron Davis slid across the stage to an R & B classic. Mr. Alphonse Stewart stomped it out with his fraternity brothers, bringing the crowd to its feet. Joanne Johnson, Joia Daniels, and Danisha Washington jammed it as Destiny's Child. A few students performed self-expression pieces, such as Jasmine Wheat's spiritual dance. The choir provided the big finale of the program. There were so many great AHS students in the program. All of them aren't listed here. We are so proud of each and every one of them, however. It was a spectacular show and a true highlight of the school year.