BAY RIDGE — Adelphi Academy recently celebrated Black History Month as part of its innovative “Civility Project,” led by Academy President Dr. Roy Blash. The focus of the evening was a celebration of African-American art, poetry, dance and the enormous impact of the music that shapes our world.
Dr. Blash opened the program by relaying the hope that we become a closer, stronger and united people not just through words, but by our actions. It is the educator’s hope to relay to others the meaning of actions and their results as well as to increase character development for the hope of a brighter future.
Historical background was poignantly presented by the Bay Ridge Eagle’s own Charles Otey, who relayed meaningful stories with real-life examples of how living as a pre-teen in a truly divided black and white culture (Otey grew up in West Virginia) impacted his youth, and the lessons that made him a better man today.
The Upper and Middle School student body participated by reading “I, Too” and “America” by Langston Hughes.
The history of music was explored as well and the Jerusalem Baptist Church even performed for the audience, bringing the crowd to its feet in applause.
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