MORRISTOWN, NJ - In the United States, the month of February is observed as Black History Month or National African American History Month. The entire month is used as an opportunity to remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation’s history. It is also an opportunity to learn about and celebrate African American Culture.
For students at Unity Charter School the month was used to delve deeper into one of the education for sustainability standards. It was an opportunity for them to learn more about cultural preservation. They did this by taking part in an interactive assembly given by The Seventh Principle. The performance was a high-energy fusion of percussive dance, and traditional music. The three performers demonstrated both traditional African dance and modern African-American dance, while teaching about the respective cultures on both sides of the Atlantic.
For the Unity Charter School students, it was an opportunity to understand how dance and music are infused into elements of everyday life in West African communities, and how those practices connect to lessons they had already learned. As one of our 2nd grade students, Liam, told his teacher Kimberly, "I forgot we can make friendship with music." The students thoroughly enjoyed the performance as it sparked excitement and discussions amongst them.
The arts play an important role as an expression of cultural identity. In fact many have said that music is the universal language of mankind. For Unity Charter School the arts are, and will always remain, a priority for our students. Experiencing the arts together is another great way for the Unity Charter students to come together as a commUnity.