Black History Month Celebration
In recognition of Black History Month, Lawrence High School’s Arts & Humanities Academy is hosting a celebration entitled, “Black History: ‘And Yet We Rise.’” The celebration will take place on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 5 – 9PM. This event is grant funded by the Lawrence Township Education Association PRIDE. The celebration will boast an array of moving performances and tributes by LHS students, faculty, and special guests. Upon arrival attendees can expect to shop until they drop, as the evening will begin at 5PM with over a dozen black business vendors. At 6PM guests will be greeted by festive music from the LHS Jazz Band and a taste of cultural dishes, as they take a pictorial journey through African-American History and peruse student displays from various academic departments.
The event continues at 7PM in the auditorium, with a celebration that is guaranteed to keep attendees on the edge of their seats in anticipation of what’s to follow. The official program features dance, musical, poetical and performances by the LHS Madrigal, Ensemble & Gospel Choirs, LHS Wind Ensemble, LHS Faculty, featured and special guests, and a host of other exciting event participants.
Keeping with tradition of previous years, Lawrence High School will also honor local and state residents who have and are currently paving the way for future generations, with its 2019 Trailblazer Award. This year’s Trailblazer honorees are individuals who have positively impacted our school, local community or surrounding communities. Lawrence High School is proud to recognize entrepreneur and entertainment guru Nina Dawkins, R&B recording artist Lethel “Showtyme” Brooks, banking executive Darlene Robinson, former & beloved LHS Principal, Anthony Watson and the first female firefighter in Trenton, NJ, Alisa McNeese. This event will also feature an inspiring and stirring keynote address by Reverend Simeon D. Spencer, Senior Pastor, Union Baptist Church, Trenton, NJ.
This celebration is a FREE event and is open to all who wish to attend! Donations will be graciously accepted!
Black History Month began as a week-long celebration in 1926, under the leadership of its founder, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson. What eventually grew into a month-long observance in 1976 was originally celebrated during the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially designated February as Black History Month and since that time it has been observed nationally with various events and activities.