Riverhead students and faculty celebrate Black History Month

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOS | The First Baptist Church of Riverhead 'Praise Dance Group' under the direction of Wayne Alden Edwards performed to the song 'You are all I need'.

Riverhead High School held its annual ‘Black History Month Unity Celebration’ Wednesday night in the Cardona Auditorium at the school.

The event featured performances by the First Baptist Church’s “Praise Dance Group,” Riverhead High School Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra and the Riverhead Steppers.

Aquebogue Elementary students performed “African Games” of hand clapping and jumping rope. Ms. Jenny Corbin of Pulaski Street School did a dramatic reading of Langston Hughes’ “The Negro Mother.”

Students recited readings of Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, Whitney Houston, Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey.

Robert “Bubbie” Brown of Riverside performed “Continuing the Legacy.”

The program was put together by assistant principal Michael Hugelmeyer and guidance counselor Natashia Volcey.

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