Historical presentations, native cuisine part of Black History Month celebration at Hilton Head Island High School

abredeson@islandpacket.comFebruary 25, 2013 

Natalie Daise performs "Becoming Harriet Tubman" Tuesday morning for students at Hilton Head Island High School's Visual and Performing Arts Center. The performance is one of many presentations planned at the school in accordance with Black History Month.

SARAH WELLIVER/STAFF PHOTO

Schools, churches and individuals all across the country are celebrating Black History Month. Hilton Head Island High School organized several activities for students and staff to experience during February.

Neodria Brown, the school's assistant principal for the 10th and 11th grades, said the school announced little-known black history facts every morning.

Students watched Powerpoint presentations during first block every day.

The school planned something special for students in the cafeteria every week.

Students competed in a black history trivia bowl.

The school's jazz band performed for the kids.

And students were able to get a real taste of black history -- macaroni and cheese, collard greens, fried chicken, sweet tea, lemonade and sweet potato pie -- at a "soul food luncheon" Tuesday.

Staff will get to do the same this Thursday.

The high school students also had the opportunity to watch actress, singer and storyteller Natalie Daise perform Tuesday. She presented a one-woman show called "Becoming Harriet Tubman."

Quran Ford, a 10th-grader, said Daise's performance was inspirational.

He said he has enjoyed the activities the school has put on during the monthlong celebration.

He said it's important for people "to know about the past and to know about the culture."

Brown said there will be another musical performance this week for the students.

She said some of the history the students have learned about this month actually took place in Beaufort County.

"Black history is our history," Brown said. "It's important for all of our students to feel a part of our school. We also did a Hispanic heritage the month of October."

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