Central HS Celebrates Black History Month

Central HS Celebrates Black History Month photo

Valley Stream Central High School honored Black History Month on Feb. 13 with a tribute event held in the library. Fifteen students spoke about impactful Black Americans who have contributed to the world as leaders, civil rights activists, artists, writers, athletes and more.

Under the direction of Lisa DiChiara, Library Media Specialist, students from English and African American History classes shared information about their featured individuals and explained how they have inspired them. Safiyyah Savage, Joshua Joseph, Emmanuel Nuade, Kaitlin Gabbidon, Roberto Simona, Adam Thompson, William Germaine, Anthony Cruz, Aman Islam, Hadassah Registre, Ahunna Okoko, Philippe Laurent, Caroline Latortue, Summer Askew, Nia Simpson and Bethany Edouard presented to an audience of peers and staff members. 

Among the highlighted personalities were Chimanda Ngozi Adichi, Virgil Abloh, Frederick Douglass, Mae Jemison, Ray Lewis, W.E.B. Dubois, Ben Carson, Sojourner Truth, Shirley Chisholm, Serena Williams, Lebron James, Maya Angelou, Duke Ellington, Mary Jackson and Harriet Tubman. 

Central has held this annual celebration for more than five years. Students work in advance to prepare and spend time during lunch periods, after school and over breaks to complete research.