Black History Assembly at Rye Lake
Rye Lake Celebrates Black History with Skit, Slideshow, Special Food
The School Held its Second Black History Month Assembly Feb. 8
Southern Westchester BOCES' Rye Lake High School celebrated Black History Month Feb. 8 with a slide show on prominent figures in the black community, a skit in which staff played important historical figures, and special desserts.
The skit was a fictional account of a luncheon in Ghana at which Maya Angelou, W.E.B. Du Bois, Shirley “Lola” Du Bois and Martin Luther King Jr. discussed civil rights, education and other important issues. The staff who performed the roles were Edith Rivera as Ms. Angelou, Curtis Anderson as Mr. Du Bois, William Foster as Dr. King and Caroline Postell as Ms. Du Bois.
Students created a landscape with trees and flowers for the skit’s backdrop. Elliot Issaka drew the design in art class, and he received help painting it from classmates Kayela Caroll, Raul Perez and others.
After the short play, several staff members read biographies about Dr. King, Ms. Angelou and Mr. and Mrs. Du Bois as photos and quotes by them flashed on a screen. The staffers were Carl Crump, Sheryl Lopez, Patrice Barrett and Nancy Garcia.
The slide show, which played before the skit, provided information about famous African Americans with ties to Westchester County, including actor Denzel Washington, entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker, and others.
Principal Scott Kaufman and teacher Mitch Cohen provided musical entertainment. Mr. Cohen played electric guitar, and Mr. Kaufman accompanied him on bongo drums.
The desserts of sweet potato pie, banana pudding and peach cobbler came from Taste-N-See restaurant in Nyack. Students were also treated to cookies and brownies.