FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
ROCKY MOUNT —
“Educating and Motivating” was the theme of Edgecombe Early College High School’s black history month program held Thursday in the Keihin Auditorium on the Edgecombe Community College Campus in Tarboro. The program was written and directed by AVID educator Jacquie Jeffers. The student-oriented event was created to bring an awareness of the importance of the African American culture that has impacted all cultures from the past to the present.
Parents, students, Sherita Cobb, Edgecombe County Public School’s District Director, Vickie Wells, New Schools Instructional Coach, members of the community and Sheriff James Knight witnessed the students’ pride and professionalism from the designing of the program’s cover, the creation of power points, emceeing, videography and performances. Early College Principal Dr. Katrenna Rich recited “The Negro Mother” dressed in African attire. Erin Rogerson presented the foundation of the occasion and a biography of its founder Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a history teacher that was followed by a video on two huge screens with the origin of Black History Month. Shekeal Moore, winner of the 2013 Ebonette’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest, gave us a new outlook on our futures. His essay was entitled “Recognizing Our Past, Enduring Our Present and Focusing on Our Future.” Azavia Carr, Aaron Johnson and Destiny Henderson sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and Bernard Sharpe performed a mime dance with Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” to make everyone analyze their part to make our society better. In a tag team effort, “The Overcome” was a poem written by Alexis Hall. Jo’Mya Tillery gave the poem life as she read with unquestionable passion. Daniel Crandol, Alex Cruz and Nic Thornton provided information about inventions that we all use today while reading the document “What If There Were No Black People.” The pictures of each item flashed across the screens such as the lawnmower, air conditioner and the clothes dryer. “Try,” a popular song of hope by the entertainer Pink, was performed with the heart and soul of Katie Williamson. Anna Evans uplifted her peers with her essay “What If” to fulfill their dreams for today and tomorrow. As a fun, energetic way to involve the audience, a hip-hop rendition of “Lean on Me” was played with parts for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, super seniors and teachers! The group with the loudest participation received a prize from Bojangles. Kathy Webb, college liaison for the Early College, stated:” Ms. Jeffers and her classes did a great job with ‘showcasing’ black history. It was truly very informative and everyone had a great time! We could tell that hard work was involved. Hats off to a job well done!”