By Elise MacDonald, Grade 6
On February 27, Hardy Middle School students gathered in the auditorium to celebrate Black History Month. The 2015 national theme was "A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture." First, we rose for the singing of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which is often referred to as the "Black American National Anthem." Then, selected Hardy students taught us about the origin of Black History Month. We learned about African Americans who invented things we use in our everyday lives. Things such as light bulbs or moving elevator doors help us experience Black History. Then we listened to a musical selection from the Hardy Jazz Band. The music was so elegant it filled the whole room with joy and hope.
Michelle Millben, an attorney who works at the White House, was the keynote speaker. Ms. Millben taught us about the "new selfie." The "new selfie" includes not only you, but also people around you. The "new selfie" can help people know that they do not always need to be the center of attention. Ms. Millben showed us we are all connected to Black History every day of our lives even when we think we are not.
After her speech, students who were dressed in historical African-American clothing carried posters around that had information on well-known African-Americans who make a difference in society. The presentation was followed by an African dance performed by Hardy students. To end the celebration, the Hardy choir took the stage along with a few teachers to sing "Freedom Is Coming," a South African anti-apartheid anthem. In conclusion, it is amazing to think how connected we all are to Black History.