Powerful words, beautiful musical performances and superbly
choreographed dance numbers steeped in rich history highlighted Elmont
Memorial’s first-ever Black History Month celebration at Elmont Public
Library on Feb. 15.
Written and choreographed by Elmont Memorial
students, “The Legend Lives On: The Celebration Continues” was a
profoundly moving tribute to African-Caribbean and African-American
cultures that have contributed to the fabric of the American story.
performance is a true testament to what happens we when empower our
students to be creative and share their knowledge and talent with the
world around them,” Principal Kevin Dougherty said. “On this night we
celebrate the beautiful culture and contributions that have been made by
black and brown Americans, as you will see from our amazingly talented
The stirring celebration included an African dance
ensemble, vignettes of historical figures such as Maya Angelou and
Jesse Owens, and a Nutcracker Suite ballet performance. Show-stopping
musical performances by the school’s senior mixed chorus and
eighth-grade chorus, as well as solo vocal performances from several
students had audience members completely engaged.
Dougherty expressed his gratitude to the committee of students
responsible for the presentation and the staff members who volunteered
countless hours to make the event possible. He also spoke about the
importance of celebrating diversity.
“As we all know we are
living in uncertain times, it is as important now as ever before for us
to share this country’s stories of struggle and perseverance and
continue efforts that will form a more perfect union. We must come
together to celebrate diversity and the contributions that have been
made by all cultures, all races, all sexes and all creeds.”