2012-03-08 / Other News

History Celebrated Through Special P.S. 219 Performance

By Linda Steinmuller

In honor of Black History Month, students from P.S. 219 (Kennedy-King Elementary School) and special guests entertained parents, teachers, and friends with dance, song, skits, and poetry recitals in tribute to important black leaders who changed the path of history so black Americans could experience racial equality.

Shay Lindo, an active member of the District 18 Community Education Council (CEC), greeted the audience with “Sakubona,” a traditional South African Zulu greeting. “The students at P.S. 219 are extremely talented and love performing,” Lindo said. “Many of P.S. 219’s students have received full scholarships to various colleges, and we are very proud of their accomplishments.”

The evening’s presentations began with the grand entrance of the King and Queen and were followed with several dance performances. A dance ballet to Brian McKnight’s “When We Were Kings” was performed by Denise Smith, and the fifth grade dancers did a traditional African dance. Domo, the Jack of All Trades wowed the audience in a tribute to Michael Jackson’s “Who’s Bad?” In a special guest performance, the John Dewey High School dancers also performed.

Special guest Cary Barnes, a local activist and actor, recited a poem about Harriet Tubman and explained to the children how Tubman risked her life 19 times while helping slaves to escape through the Underground Railroad.

Nisa Mitchell (Class 5-503) recited Sojourner Truth’s famous speech on racial inequality entitled “Ain’tIAWoman.”

The East Flatbush Choir sang three beautiful songs In a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., students

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