DeSoto Shows Black Pride in History Program


Donte Jones, Editor


February is black history month; It was started by Carter G. Wilson who was the second African American to gain a doctorate from Harvard University started it. The reason why Black history month is celebrated in February was because both U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass’s birthdays are in the month. It is to show the hard and triumphant history of African American’s pursuit of equality and achievements throughout time. Desoto students and teachers set the stage in the wide auditorium for a large audience, the program lasted an hour.
          The Introduction of the program included a motivational prayer started by Junior Eric Adejuwon, and then guest’s speakers Judge Stacy Williams and Doctor/Pharmacist Carter G. Wilson from Ghana. One of the first performances was a man playing the violin and breakdancing to the music, which made the audience excited.IMG_9964
Government Teacher Mr. Joe Tave, spoke on what is so great about African American history to him. “What’s so great about Black history to me is that there’s so many of us that don’t know about our heritage or our contributions to this country and the world.” said Mr. Tave. Mr. Tave came up with the idea of the program with contributions and help from the administration, teachers, and students. Mr. Tave spoke on his thoughts on the program.

IMG_9991     “What I want students to learn from this program is that we all need to know our heritage, and appreciation from the program.” Said Mr. Tave. “This time I brought in speakers from an Intellectual aspect, exposure from people who can motive and drive us towards our heritage.” Mr. Tave wouldn’t have changed anything about the program, a lot of the students got the opportunity to express and embrace their heritage through poetry slam, dance, music, and singing. Some students performed a interpretive dance of the song Strange Fruit made by Billy Holiday covered by Nina Simone’ a song about the lynching of African American’s in the south.
            The ending of the program was filled with energy as young men from the mentorship program spoke their motto was strong voices and performed a quick dance. The young men held each other’s as they march onto the stage and off the stage. Seniors Van Stripling and Daniel Sanders.
        Daniel and Van had practiced their performance for months for Texas thespian. “I think overall both me and Van did a great job, we always try to overact each other but not outshine each other, he taught me a thing or two when I first joined so we have good chemistry.” Said Daniel. The crowd during the performance was really invested and filled with laughter even adding comments on the performance. “If the crowd is really into it it’ll feed into my acting and my character.” Daniel said. Before the start of the performance Van said there was a message behind the scene. “The overall message was that a lot of us teenagers don’t respect our elders, despite the situation you should always respect your elders,” Daniel said.