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School holds annual black history program

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

LOGANVILLE -- Grayson High School students brought black history to life this week.

During the school's second annual Black History Month program, presented Wednesday and Thursday, a hallway in the school was transformed into a living museum.

In the Museum of African-American Figurines, students portrayed several people. Some, like Harriet Tubman, Barack Obama and Michael Jackson, are well-known historical figures or household names. Others, like Marian Anderson and Dr. Benjamin Carson, aren't.

"We just wanted to put a creative twist on teaching and educating those who are coming to the program," teacher Valerie Lewis said.

The program, billed "Realize Your Dream," began with a monologue from "Second Class," performed by freshman Kameron Kierce.

"I wonder what it's like to have dreams instead of nightmares and to know that those dreams someday may actually come true," Kierce recited. "... I wonder most of all what it would be like to have hope."

Following the short soliloquy, visitors walked through the museum, which also featured Fantasia Barrino, Langston Hughes, Dorothy Dandridge, Maya Angelou and the Queen of Sheba.

Junior Alexandria Lawson-McDougald said the program provided a fresh look at black history.

"This program really touched a lot of people, and it has really shown people the impact that black history has had on the world," she said.

Following the tour of the living museum, visitors watched a presentation in the theater, which featured performances and speeches from motivational speaker J.B. Washington and State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox.