Local Students Celebrate Black History Month

Waubonsie Valley High School students celebrated Black History Month with cool beats, passionate verses and dancing that paired a tribute to traditional African movements with current hit songs.

“It’s the way we use the same dances from the African dance, but with different tempo, different rhythm, a whole new song for the new generation,” said junior Shyree Pullen.

Michael Hurst is Senior Pastor at New Horizons Christian Fellowship in Aurora. He challenged the young people in the audience to find their life’s purpose.

“Unless they change themselves and strive for personal excellence, academic, morally and be good citizens and positive contributors to our community, our history will be left with saggy pants, turned hats and hip hop,” Hurst said.

And his words, though controversial, hit home for some.

“Just because you don’t act the norm doesn’t mean you aren’t somebody,” said junior Robert Sumler. “Just go with whatever and be happy with who you are.”

Black History Month was first celebrated in February 1926. The organizers chose the month because it includes the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.

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