Black History Month Celebration Recap

Posted by Jeremy Tepper on 2/28/2024

This year's Black History Month celebration — held on February 27 — was an excellent, uplifting, empowering time, filled with talented performances.

Special thanks to Mr. Derek Love and Ms. Desiree Bluett, our program directors, as well as the planning committee, who were instrumental in putting the event together.

The day started with a resource fair, where attendees were able to connect with community partners such as the Boys and Girls Club, Auberle, Pittsburgh Area Community Schools, the Duquesne Family Center and the Squirrel Hill Health Center.

Afterwards, the Black History Month Celebration was led off with the Black National Anthem, before two videos were shown. Kindergarten students participated in a video entitled "We paved the way for..." (view here), while 1st grade students participated in a video where they read 'Change Sings' by Amanda Gorman (view here).

Afterwards, Duquesne City School District students put on a play called 'Black History Heroes: Not Alone'. Additionally, the Double Dutch Swing Squad performed with students, while representatives from the Pittsburgh Chapter Lambda Lambda Zeta of Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated performed a brief step performance.

The event concluded with various instrumental figures in the Duquesne City School District community being honored. Those honored include Elijah Fields, Patricia Bluett and the late John Mahone Sr. (accepted by his son, John 'KB' Mahone).