Celebrating black history

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The Riverhead Central School District recognized February as Black History Month with a districtwide celebration at the high school on Feb. 15. The event culminated lessons pertaining to black history that students had been learning since the start of the month.

As part of the celebration’s robust program, students shared what they had learned through a variety of performances, including songs and skits. Inspiring speeches were delivered by various community members, including Lucius Ware, president of the Eastern Long Island NAACP. In addition, student winners of the Garfield Langhorn Essay Contest were recognized, as were recipients of the district’s humanitarian awards. Other highlights of the evening included a presentation by the Riverhead High School Council for Unity regarding influential African American women, and a dance performance by the First Baptist Church of Riverhead Liturgical Dance Ministry. 

“The evening was an authentic representation of what it means to be a true community,” said master of ceremonies Patrick Burke, assistant principal of Pulaski Street Elementary School. “It was truly inspiring to see all of the schools come together to present such a diverse program. Their hard work made for a memorable evening.”