Diversity Club puts on a show

Shellie Zamponi ‘15
Focus Editor

February tends to be the month celebrated with love-Valentine’s Day being at the center of it all. But many forget the other love that is spread during this month: Black history love.
The celebrated Black History Month began with Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, website About said. Woodson dedicated the second week of February (which included what he described as the two most important people’s birthdays, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass) to be “Negro History Week.” In 1976, on this event’s fiftieth anniversary, the honorary week was expanded to Black History Month.
Diversity Club advisor Sheila Esshaki said, “Black History Month [is] the designated month that is reserved for the celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans, as well as a continuing awareness of the struggles of African Americans in our history.”
Last year, the Diversity Club put on a small campaign for awareness, passing out suckers with quotes and facts; however, club members felt it wasn’t enough. So, the club upped the ante for this year.
Excitement was prevalent in the days leading up to the event. Months before, students had practiced their parts, sang with soul, and danced with dynamism. All in part of an experience meant to move.
On February 25, Diversity Club finally took to the cafeteria to host an assembly honoring Black History Month. Many members of Diversity, as well as the school’s diverse population, took part in the event. Step dances, poems, and original written pieces were performed.
“It’s good for everyone to know about black history because it’s part of our heritage. It is good to know about other cultures even if you are not dominantly a part of that culture,” said Mari Ross ’15.
While people are often taught of the past of African Americans, it is always more moving to see it in the present – spoken and shown out loud – instead of silence.
“Black history is a part of our past so it’s important to acknowledge both the good and the bad aspects because it has brought our country to today,” said Sara Hoxha ’15.
The event included poetry, spoken word, singing, dancing, and jazz that showcased students as well as African Americans’ past and current struggles.
“I’m happy that our school is starting to be more involved with Black History Month. It makes me feel like they care,” Jimazha Hatchett ’14 said.
Esshaki explained her hope for the event.
“We hope anyone who attends will leave this program with a little more awareness of the diverse accomplishments of African Americans to America’s culture and also enjoy some of the talent of LCN,” Esshaki said.
Month after month, the Diversity Club works to improve tolerance in the school, this month through the assembly. Piece by piece, it is working towards improving LCN and succeeding in doing so.