Riverhead High School's rescheduled Black History Month Unity Celebration unfolded on Monday in the Riverhead High School auditorium as students and other paid tribute to a rich legacy.
The program featured presentations by students in the high school’s Council for Unity program, who read biographies of black Americans including Garrett Morgan, Granville T. Woods, and Eugene Ballard, all of whom made major contributions to medicine and science, but went largely unrecognized only in the very recent past.
Music was provided by the Aquebogue Elementary School, the Chamber Choir, and the jazz band; a solo by Taylor Burgess highlighted musical and historical contributions by black Americans.
Also featured were student essay winners from the Pulaski Street School’s annual Garfield Langhorn Essay Contest, who read their work.
African American poet and author Deborah La’Sassier recited selections from her poetry entitled “When Color Fades" and district employee Jenny Corbin recited works by Sojourner Truth and Maya Angelou.
The First Baptist Church Praise Dance Group and the RHS Steppers also gave performances.