Pre-school students at Arms of Love Learning Academy proved that you are never too young to show appreciation for your culture, as students from the Missouri City-area learning academy took part in their annual Black History Month program.
During the hour and a half-long program, students took to the stage at the Stafford Civic Center to depict African-Americans who have made significant contributions in a range of areas, from civil rights and education to entertainment and sports, and more.
Arms of Love Director Stephanie Lane opened the program, followed by a welcome by Assistant Director, Nikole Taylor. Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds, Houston Community College Trustee Neeta Sane and Fort Bend Precinct 2 Constable Daryl Smith were on hand to celebrate the contributions of African-Americans in honor of Black History Month.
Attendees applauded as the pre-schoolers took the audience on a journey through the past beginning with a dramatic depiction of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and celebration of early trailblazers, Harriet Tubman, Mahalia Jackson, George Washington Carver, and Garrett Morgan.
The program continued with snapshots of a wide spectrum of African-American figures from the 1940s through the present, among them, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and Shirley Chisolm to the Jackson Five, The Supremes, Dionne Warwick, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.
One of the daycare’s afterschool students donned a No. 24 jersey in honor of Kobe Bryant and shared some of his many accomplishments. A student depicting former U.S. President Barack Obama entered the auditorium accompanied by a student, dressed as a Secret Service agent, before the close of the program and announced his role as 44th president of the United States. The program concluded with a spirited performance by the Arms of Love Dancers, choreographed by Kids in Dance founder Darlette Johnson-Bailey, which brought parents and teachers to their feet.
From start to finish, the program was a day of celebration and empowerment, as students and teachers joined together to pay tribute to the many African-American individuals who have left their mark in history.