Roger Bell students celebrate Black History Month with program

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 08:55 PM.

Also part of the event were four people playing the role of the First Family, with messages to respect parents and teachers, to study and stay in school, and to eat healthy and exercise.

Fourth-grader Justice Felton kept the beat with a solo drum performance, and the Roger Bell dancers broke up into groups and performed for the students and a large group of parents who attended.

Students took turns giving biographies of African-Americans who had made significant contributions to the history of the country.

"A lot of our history was untold," Sabsook told the students during his speech. "Blacks played a large role in building the country but it was hidden behind something called prejudice."

He asked the students how many of them had dreams and talked about the dreams of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr. who hoped people would be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

"Regardless of the exterior, what’s on the outside, it’s all about what’s on the inside," Sabsook said. "Each of us has the responsibility to live out the great words of Dr. Martin Luther King. The question is when can we turn that dream into reality.

"I believe Dr. King’s dream is coming true. Now, it’s up to you to continue to make his dream come true." 

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