On Tuesday, Feb. 24, P.S. 32 celebrated Black History Month with a night of music, dance, and great food.
The night started out with our 5th grade students, organized by the Good Shepard After School program, presenting their take on “Black is Beautiful: Past, Present & Future.” Representing the past, the students researched, created, and presented a timeline of American History featuring black innovators and leaders such as Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Representing the present, the 5th grade students created a collage representing images of black beauty for both men and women. Presenting themselves as the future, the students composed and performed a rap about who they are and where they aspire to be in the world.
Next up, our 2nd graders, who, with the help of the Good Shepard After School program, researched and presented historical Civil Rights Leaders in Black History. They ended their presentation by taking a symbolic march around the auditorium to the civil rights anthem, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round.” Well done, 5th and 2nd graders, you are our future and you make us proud!
After our student presentations, guest artists Fully Focused Dance Company took the stage with a hip hop and traditional Ghanese dance performances. These dancers have performed in large venues such as the Barclays Center, Radio City Music Hall and Staples Center, and we were honored to have them show us their stuff!
After the presentations and performances, it was time to eat! The P.S. 32 community sat down for some pasta, fried chicken, grilled chicken, salads, and desserts! Check out the celebration by visiting our picture gallery here.
Thank you Good Shepard counselors Christian, Star, Jahmal, and Barbara, for helping our students celebrate Black History Month! Thank you to Fully Focused Dance Company LLC for bringing it! Thank you, parent volunteers and Ms. Bowie for another Family Fun Night. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate the African American contributions to our shared American History. Lastly, thank you to the P.S. 32 community and the PTA of P.S. 32 whose funding made this celebration possible.
Want to learn more? Visit the NYC Department of Education page with learning resources celebrating Black History.