Gregory School celebrates Black History Month with inspirational assembly

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Gregory School students and staff joined together in the gymnasium Feb. 11 for a Black History Month assembly featuring students in kindergarten, first and second grades.

Kindergarten classes opened the assembly with a memorized reading of a portion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, bringing applause from the other students. First-grade students prepared posters of famous black people, including ballerina Misty Copeland, Rosa Parks, and Barack and Michelle Obama.

Second-grade students read portions of their prepared reports highlighting the contributions of notable black Americans like Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Duke Ellington and Jesse Owens. The entire second grade stood to sing “I See a Hero in You,” by Jonathan Sprout, to close the assembly.

“K through two students were so excited to perform for the entire student body and did a great job presenting the achievements and accomplishments of African Americans and recognize the important role they have played in our country’s history,” Gregory Principal Michele Thompson said in a release.