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Festivities ring in Black History Month

Festivities ring in Black History Month
The Lookout

Jeremy Kohn

Co-Editor in Chief

The sound of African drumming and dance led by children of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy was a highlight of the Black History Month opening ceremonies in Dart Auditorium the evening of Jan 30.

The children dressed in orange and green traditional African garb helped ring in the festivities with a rhythmic display of drum and dance that thrilled the audience of about 100 people.

Later, the El-Shabazz students performed again, only this time displaying their vocal talents under the direction of choral director Joshua Hicks. The children sang with wide-eyed wonder and emotion.

The students impressed a lot of people in the audience, including members of the Black History Month committee.

“The young men on the drums were fantastic; I wish I could do that,” said Black History Month committee member Howard Cousins.

The entertainment didn’t stop there as LCC student YukiaLove Winston brought some ‘70s soul to Dart Auditorium. She sang a rendition of the Diana Ross song, “Love Hangover.”

The evening then switched over to a more serious side as 7th District State Rep. Thomas StalIworth III (D-Detroit) spoke to those in attendance on numerous social issues.

Stallworth talked about the triumph of Brown vs. The Board of Education celebrating its 50th anniversary, the strides of having a black U.S. president, as well as having a white mayor in Detroit. He also spoke on education, employment and the importance of voting.

He emphasized the importance of voting.

“If we are going to be successful in achieving equality in this country we all have to do politics,” Stallworth said.

Stallworth also spoke on the victories the U.S. has made in racial equality.

“I can’t be more excited about the performance our president (Barack Obama) has shown and can’t be more excited about the performance of the new mayor of Detroit (Mike Duggan) has shown. “

“People are looking through a lens that looks beyond the complexion of a person’s skin, and I’m excited about that,” Stallworth added.

For upcoming Black History Months events visit the website for further details. Read more about the month’s events on page 15 of this issue of The Lookout.

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