Embracing Diversity

Embracing Diversity: J-E-T Middle School Celebrates Black History
Posted on 03/06/2020
Samani Lanham, Tristian Coleman, Randy Satterwhite, and Taylor McCullough offer a gift of thanks to Dr. Drew Lanham for his words of wisdom they received via videos.

Photo Caption 1: Samani Lanham, Tristian Coleman, Randy Satterwhite, and Taylor McCullough offer a gift of thanks to Dr. Drew Lanham for his words of wisdom they received via videos.

Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School held its annual school-wide Black History Month celebration on Friday, February 21, in the gymnasium.

Azaria Williams and Luigi Palma served as the program’s leaders. Other students shared a variety of selections to highlight not only Black history, but to honor those who are important in their lives today.

Jakiyah Stevens, Alana Chinn, and Logan Gill prepared original writings. Estefani Cortez, Amya Randall, Micah Warren, Bryston Bryant, and Katlyn Chinn delivered selections written by authors who inspired them. Other students who took part in the program included Ryan Rosier, Cade Quarles, Morkavious Lee, Samani Lanham, Tristian Coleman, Randy Satterwhite, Thomas Jolly, Isaac Westbrook, Corey Holmes, Haley Gilliam, Destiny Walker, and Taylor McCullough.

At intervals throughout the ceremony, the J-E-T chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Candance Craig, performed three spiritual selections: “Give Us Hope,” arranged by Francisco J. Nunez; “Trouble,” arranged by Sally K. Albrecht; and “Order My Steps,” arranged by Glenn Burleigh and Jack Schrader. Eighth grader Anthony Carson was the featured soloist. Later in the program, choir members led the other students, faculty, staff, and guests in singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” arranged by Greg Gilpin.

Due to inclement weather conditions, guest speaker Dr. Drew Lanham, ecology professor at Clemson University; author of The Home Place and numerous poems and articles; and Edgefield’s poet laureate, could not attend the ceremony. As an alternative, the Black history committee presented several video clips of Dr. Lanham discussing how his love of nature and land relates to his identity as a black man, referring to himself as “a rare bird…an oddity.”

Dr. Patricia Moseley, Shirley Tillman, Cassie Brueck, Reverend Timothy Williams, Christy Caldwell, Riley Addis, Angelyn Dorn, and Candance Craig comprised the committee responsible for the program, which encouraged students to embrace diversity and to recognize that history tells the story of a variety of cultures coming together to become one nation’s people.

The Black History committee and student participants celebrate a job well done.

Photo Caption 2: The Black History committee and student participants celebrate a job well done.

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