Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield celebrated Black History Month with its 10th annual visit by the Newark Boys Chorus on Feb. 10. Roosevelt’s Sharps and Flats singers joined the Chorus in musical selections.   

The keynote speaker of the morning’s celebration was the school’s Principal, Stewart Carey, who began his education career as a Westfield Public Schools teacher in 1969.

Mr. Carey recalled the days of segregation in Virginia where he attended an elementary school for only black students.  He explained how his “stumbling blocks became stepping stones” due to his hard work and resiliency. In addressing Roosevelt’s 750 students, along with staff and guests, Mr. Carey expressed his belief that “A dream imagined is not a dream denied.”

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Mr. Carey urged the sixth, seventh and eighth graders to make the world better and to remember those less fortunate. 

He noted the influence that a teacher had on his own education and perspective and concluded by saying, “Someone pulled my hand to move forward; you can do the same.”

A slide show depicting the many contributions of African Americans concluded the morning’s assembly. Mr. Carey thanked the Newark Boys Chorus and its Director, Donald Morris, for sharing their talents and inspirations with the Roosevelt school community.  He also extended his appreciation to Pamela Friedman, Technology teacher at Roosevelt, who was instrumental in organizing the program.