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AHS Event Pays Tribute to Harlem Renaissance

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Albemarle High School celebrated Black History Month Thursday with a tribute that honored the Harlem Renaissance.

Last week's snow may have delayed the event by a week - but it didn't put a damper on the excitement.

A drum's call began the celebration, called “We Are Making Black History, Harlem Renaissance." 

“It is very important for our youth to not only recognize our heroes but see the black history within them,” said Wes Bellamy, teacher at AHS.

The event honored the important cultural period that spanned the 1920s.

“That was a time when African-American culture was very rich, it was very prideful, individuals had a lot of pride,” said Bellamy.

West African rhythm and dance took center stage. Students, teachers and even the principal enjoyed the lamba, a traditional dance.

“Lamba has a lot of meanings, but in particular it is for young women who are going from young girls to women,” said Lillie Williams, dancer with Chihamba dance company.

Makrystea Carter and several of her classmates gave speeches about their heroes. Carter’s hero, Dr. Angela Ferguson, dedicated her life to fighting sickle cell anemia

“I was like 'Wow, she sounds amazing. She dedicated her life to helping people in need.' I thought it was really cool,” said Carter.

Other students read poems and spoke of the resiliency of African-Americans through history.

“We want our children to know that every day they are making black history and they should be proud of their culture,” said Bellamy. 

Thursday’s tribute was only one of many events the school will hold this month to honor black history.

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