A group of DeForest Area Middle School 7th and 8th grade students volunteered to be a part of a Black History Month presentation for other middle school students on Wednesday, February 28. Through dance, skits, poetry writing and performance, they celebrated the continued need for raising knowledge and understanding of African American contributions and influence on who we are today. Julie Bernards, the Creative Expressions English teacher at DAMS, said, “While done in honor of Black History Month, the topic is important because it’s a part of American history.”
Eighth grader, Caleb Ekezie presented a powerful poem, which left the student audience with the message that “thankfully because of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. having a dream, life for an African American individual is much better today than was possible in the past.” “But we have a long way to go.”
“These students are not only helping to remind others why it matters, they are using their voices and creative expression with a powerful purpose,” said Bernards.