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LHS Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month began as a week-long celebration in 1926, under the leadership of its founder, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson.  What eventually grew into a month-long observance in 1976 was originally celebrated during the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.  In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially designated February as Black History Month and since that time it has been observed nationally with various events and activities.

In recognition of Black History Month, Lawrence High School’s Arts & Humanities Academy is hosting a celebration entitled, “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Inspiring the Future, Rocking the Vote!” The celebration will take place on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 2 – 7PM. This event is grant funded by the Lawrence Township Education Association PRIDE. The celebration will boast an array of moving performances and tributes by LHS students, faculty, and special guests. Upon arrival, attendees can expect to shop until they drop, as the celebration will begin at 2PM with over a dozen black business vendors. At 3PM guests will be treated to a taste of cultural dishes, as they take a visual and musical journey through black history.

The event continues at 5PM in the auditorium, with a celebration that is guaranteed to keep attendees on the edge of their seats in anticipation of what’s to follow. The official program features dance, musical and choral performances by Lawrence Intermediate’s Pitch Black Ensemble, LHS Madrigal, Ensemble & Gospel Choirs, LHS Jazz Band, and featured special guests, Tiffany & Company Academy of Dance and the Renaissance Jazz Band.

Keeping with tradition of previous years, Lawrence High School will also honor local and state residents who have and are currently paving the way for future generations, with its 2020 Trailblazer Award.  This year’s Trailblazer honorees are individuals who have positively impacted our school, local community or surrounding communities. Lawrence High School is proud to recognize Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, former Lawrence Township Police Officer, Ernest Chester, Tiffany & Company Academy of Dance founder, Tiffany Hargrett, S.E.E.D. Male Mentoring Coordinator, Stacy D. Heading, Humanitarian Service advocates, The DIVAS, and 2020 Rising Star recipients, Rays of Hope. This event will also feature an inspiring and stirring keynote address by Reverend Lois Key-Alexander, Co-Pastor of the Life Abundant Church of God, Trenton, NJ. 

The celebration is a FREE event and is open to all who wish to attend! Donations will be graciously accepted!

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