Throughout the month of February, the students and staff at Turner Elementary engaged in various activities to commemorate and celebrate Black History Month. Students researched and explored the many accomplishments of African Americans in History, Music, Science, Business, Government and Culture.
The festivities culminated in the February 28th Black History Celebration on the beautiful former Wilkinsburg High School stage. During this event:
- Pre-K delighted the audience with their rendition of “Yakity Yak” by The Coaster.
- Kindergarten shared the song “What About Martin.”
- First grade did a tribute to Michael Jackson and ended their group dance with the song “Beat It.”
- Second grade did a presentation on Congo Square which included a narration, singing the traditional African welcoming song “Funga Alafia” and an African dance.
- Third grade presented the poem “What If There Were No African Americans In The World” by Tamara Shiloh.
- Fourth grade performed the traditional West African drumming song “Kuku” and “Jingo Ba” by Nigerian percussionist, Babatunde Olatunji.
- Fifth grade presented on famous African Americans in their performance “Wax Museum.”
- Sixth grade students did a presentation on famous African American inventors.
- The debut of our 4-6 Grade Beginning Band.
- The debut of the 5th-6th grade select African Drumming Ensemble.
Everyone enjoyed the festivities and the stage was decorated with authentic African artifacts from the Healthy Village Institute in McKeesport. Some of our students had the opportunity to see these artifacts up close and explore their cultural and historical significance.