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Students celebrate African Heritage Month

A.G. Baillie Memorial Elementary School recently celebrated African Heritage month with various activities.
A.G. Baillie Memorial Elementary School recently celebrated African Heritage month with various activities. - Submitted

A.G. Baillie Memorial School had an African Heritage Month Celebration recently.

The school began its celebration with Lift Every Voice and Sing. This year’s theme is educate, unite celebrate and community.

Students and staff at A.G. Baillie celebrated by learning about a local unsung hero Lloyd States from his daughter Regional Educator Crystal States.

With the support of their Support Worker Cora Reddick, students also performed a skit A World Without Black People and learned about the many inventions of black people.

The music teacher Jane Miller taught the students Funga Alafia (welcome, peace and good will to you) Everybody Loves Saturday Night. This upbeat song actually has political origins. In the 1950's, Nigeria was still a British colony. The British imposed an early curfew on Nigeria, and this made many people mad. The people protested, and they won a partial victory when the curfew was lifted on Saturday evenings.

Students played on recorder the gospel song "This Little Light of Mine" which came to be an anthem of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s.

Students were also given a taste of music from the upcoming play, A Lion King. Students performed One By One Choir and He lives In You.

The school capped off the celebration with students sharing what they had learned in class about Nubia the home to some of Africa’s earliest kingdoms and paraded the Nubian dolls they made in class.

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