Central HS Students Celebrate Black History Month

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On Feb.16, students at Valley Stream Central High School celebrated Black History Month with a tribute to famous Black Americans and the contributions they have made to art, music, poetry and civil rights. Under the direction of Lisa DiChiara, Library Media Specialist, students presented facts, stories and pictures of the individuals who have inspired and influenced them.  

Chris Turnier and Kurtis Michel shared a Haitian Poem called “Ayiti Se,” which translates to “Haiti is.” Kierra Finn presented a biography of poet and storyteller Maya Angelou, who has inspired her to write. Kyle Bonilla spoke about Zoe Kravitz, an actress and singer. Justine-Justice Brackenridge presented a biography of Michelle Obama. Claude Parola spoke about the life of Nat Turner, who led a slave rebellion in 1831. He explained that Turner has moved him to make change for future generations.

Bella Gandasegui discussed singer and pianist Alicia Keys as her inspiration to play the piano. Jeannine Nwade presented the life of Langston Hughes, an American poet, novelist and playwright who used his talent to fight back against social injustices. Phoenix

Totejau-Johnson spoke about Misty Copeland, the first African American Female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.

Alexis Howard told the audience that she was inspired by Nat King Cole because he overcame the instrumental obstacles he faced. Muhammad Ali, a famous boxer, was the subject of Jah-Dane Thomas’ presentation. Gerry Thermil featured Elizabeth Eckford, part of the Little Rock Nine, who he admired for her tenacity. Rahman Chambers spoke about the history of Ella Fitzgerald, a jazz singer often referred to as the Queen of Jazz.