Black History program inspires year-round commitment to equality

Published 12:02 pm Wednesday, February 28, 2024

By Ella-Kate Tomlin and Haley Mitchell Godwin

In honor of Black History Month, Luverne High School held a vibrant and informative program, commemorating the rich heritage and contributions of African Americans. Organized by Petrina Sankey, along with assistance from several students, the program featured a series of presentations, performances and discussions highlighting pivotal moments, influential figures, and cultural achievements within the black community.

The program served as a platform for students to learn, engage and reflect on the legacy of African Americans and their enduring contributions to the fabric of society. By fostering an environment of inclusivity and understanding, Luverne High School (LHS) continues to uphold the values of diversity and equality in education according to Betty Dawson of Luverne who attended Woodford Avenue High School before integration and later transferred to LHS, graduating in 1973.

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“This was my third year attending the LHS Black History program,” Dawson said. “The program educated everyone on the importance of knowing the history of your culture and many of the individuals that greatly contributed to this great nation of ours. They had songs, dance, poetry and inspirational readings.”

“Knowing the history of your past opens doors to the future. There were many struggles that our ancestors had to endure for the freedoms that are taken for granted now. Our history teaches the new generations of students that there was a struggle for freedom and equality. The struggle continues today. We must educate, facilitate and work hard to ensure that we continue to work toward equal rights and justice for all races of people. Knowing that each one is important and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Students showcased their talents and paid homage to Black History Month while reflecting on the struggles, triumphs and resilience of African Americans throughout history. From the civil rights movement to contemporary cultural icons, the program delved into the profound impact of black history on society and the ongoing pursuit of equality and justice.

Principal, Micheal Kilpatrick emphasized the importance of recognizing and celebrating black history not only during February, but throughout the year.

“Black history is more than just a month,” Kilpatrick said. “It is 365 days a year.”

As the month-long celebration comes to a close, the essence of Black History Month will continue to resonate within the hearts and minds of all students, inspiring them to honor the past, celebrate the present and strive for a more equitable future.