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Eastridge Students Celebrate Black History Month Through Artistic Expression

Eastridge High School students Trevari, Sada and Liala have each made videos with poetry, art and song to celebrate Black History Month.  

Trevari

https://ensemble.monroe.edu/Watch/Yk4p6NEj

Black History SpotlightEastridge Poet Trevari and Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Martin Luther King delivered his I Have a Dream Speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. Trevari will be reciting his original poem connected to the following quote from this famous speech. 

 

Sada

https://ensemble.monroe.edu/Watch/s2H4Zeg6

Black History SpotlightEastridge Artist, Sada and Artist Kerry James Marshall. 

Kerry James Marshall is a leading contemporary artist who made it his mission to depict Black subjects and themes that are often omitted in the art world. He was included in Time Magazine’s 100 list of the most influential people in the world in 2017. Sada takes inspiration for her art from Marshall as she explores his same themes and purpose.  

Please listen to Sada as she interprets Marshall’s paintings and compares them to her own work. 

 

Liala

https://ensemble.monroe.edu/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/z9R6Snq8/view

 

Black History Spotlight: Eastridge Singer Liala and the singing of the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”  

This anthem was first written as a poem by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson in 1899. He collaborated with his brother, John Rosamond Johnson who set the poem to music. The song was first performed on February 12, 1900 at a segregated school where James Johnson was principal in Jacksonville, Florida.  500 children sang this song as part of a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday