SELC’s Black History Presentation

By Amanda Moses

On February 9th, the children at Starrett Early Learning Center hosted their annual Black History Month celebration in the Brooklyn Sports Club (BSC) with an evening of song and dance for all to enjoy.

The children kicked off the festivities with a stellar rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is rich in historical significance. The song was originally a poem written by NAACP Leader James Weldon Johnson in 1900 and was later transformed into the “National Negro Anthem” that was sung within Black communities as an uplifting hymn symbolizing resistance and resilience.

Over one hundred attendees listened in awe as the children performed while Ms. Kimura read aloud “Bring on that Beat” by Rachel Isadora, the 4K students did a walk-through of Black Historical figures (such as Rosa Park and Whitney Houston) and while others danced to West African music. 

“Family Engagement events at SELC is always a wonderful time!  Recognizing and honoring the history and culture of our diverse population is an important aspect of education.  I am greatly appreciative to all of our families who attended this year’s Black History Month Celebration.  The event was amazing,” SELC Director Tammy Moore said.

The commemoration also included an interactive element between the audience and students that encompassed trivia breaks on Black History facts. Those who answered correctly earned a prize. Additionally, the children reflected on positive affirmations to help motivate them to work hard and that they are smart, talented and can doing anything they set their mind to.

“My staff worked so diligently to capture the essence of this celebration.  Our young scholars showcased skills they have learned while attending SELC such as memorization, coordination, recall, rhythm, gross motor and more as they sang, danced and recited their lines and poems. I was filled with joy,” Moore said.

Photos courtesy of SELC

Amanda Moses