Groveport Madison’s Black History Month Showcase

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At Groveport Madison’s first ever Black History Month Showcase, held Feb. 28 in the Groveport Madison High School auditorium, Jonya Russell and Tamara Johnson performed a poem they co-wrote entitled, “Because Of My Shade.” The poem showcased the difference of society’s view pertaining to lighter or darker skin tones. The Black History Month Showcase highlighted “What it Means to be Black in America” through the eyes of high school students. The event included a fashion show and students performed well-known and original songs, original poems, and dances. Those attending also enjoyed food from various Black owned food vendors.
Isaiah Coleman played a drum beat to pay tribute to African slaves who continued to drum when brought to the New World. Coleman said he enjoyed improvising the performance. “I feel very comfortable,” he said of his performance in front of the audience at the Groveport Madison High School auditorium. Nearly 200 people came to the schools first Black History Month Showcase event, “What it Means to be Black in America.”
The evening began with a fashion show where students presented traditional clothing from their home countries including Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, and Entria.

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