MILLBURN, NJ - Students at Millburn High School put together a unique and personal assembly to honor of Black History Month on Friday in the auditorium. A dozen students from various backgrounds and nationalities have been preparing for this celebration since October, and the hard work paid off. Dr. Miron and the administration, teachers and students all appreciated the informative and entertaining result.
The assembly started with a video clip about discrimination against African-Americans, and multiple African-American students opened up about stereotypes and prejudice they face on a daily basis. One student said, "People walk up to me and say 'dance for me' because I'm black." The students discussed racial discrimination that African-Americans are subjected to in today's society. They said that "for every couple steps forward like having a black president, there's always a couple steps in the wrong direction. America voted in a black president to control the country which is amazing, but people said 'now we have a family of apes in the White House' so racial discrimination will never go away because of my skin color."'
The students took to the stage and performed a dance that represented the African-American culture in the 1800's. They explained that their ancestors did these dances to remain hopeful in bad situations or when someone was close to dying.
The assembly continued was a slideshow of influential African-Americans that made a significant contribution to society as a whole or advocating specifically for equal rights. Each slide had a picture of the civil rights leader, and for each person, a different student went to the stage and discussed the highlights of their life and contributions to African-American history. The list included Isabella Baumfree, Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, W.E.B DuBois, Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr.
The students ended the assembly with another traditional dance routine with the high tempo number running over 5 minutes of nonstop action. The assembled students were focused on the dancers and engaged throughout the impressive display. The students ended the assembly by encouraging the crowd to help stop racial discrimination against African-Americans and not to let skin color divide people. The crowd responded with a roaring applause.