The Joliet Central High School "Honoring the Past While Inspiring the Future"
February 28, 2018 02:55 PM
The Joliet Central High School Annual African American History Program "Honoring the Past While Inspiring the Future" took place on February 23, 2018, at Joliet Central High School in the Main Auditorium. The African American Program featured the Black Student Union Members (BSU), as they performed various inspirational skits, dramatic monologues and original prose and poems. The Black Student Union is a rejuvenated and energetic group of students that has focused their unique talents to celebrate Black History Month. Mr. Coatney & Mr. Crim directed and organized the program this year and the students contributed their original poems and dramatic skits.
The program was highlighted by the traditional Isaac Singleton Award winner- Mr. Vincent F. Cornelius and a new student-centered award entitled "Kwanzaa Award". Mr. Cornelius has contributed to the Joliet Community through his law firm and he is the Immediate Past-President of the Illinois State Bar Association. The "Kwanzaa Award" is awarded to the student(s) that have consistently exhibited the seven core principles and values of Kwanzaa throughout the school year.
The program began with Principal Shad Hallihan welcoming the distinguished guest and immediately transitioned into a "Dramatic Classroom Skit". As the lights dimmed, the skit dramatized the importance of Black History and the students actually taught the teacher- the significance of the rich heritage of the African American culture. The program included original pieces performed by the students which included: poems, dramatic readings, and personal narratives. The program also included a Black History Montage- honoring the past historical figures, which culminated to the pinnacle of the program "We Built This".
The "We Built This Skit" is an original performance with the executive members of BSU singing live songs, acapella solos, along with group pantomiming to a choreographed rap- entitled "Glory". The program ended with educational facts about African Americans and the significance of the major contributions and heritage. As always, Mr. Crim concluded the program with a "New School versus Old School" Soul Train line- with teacher and administrator participation.
Special thanks to Mr. Coatney and Mr. Crim for diligently putting this program together; along with Dr. McCarthy, Mr. Hallihan, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Villaflor, Mrs. Benson and the Black Student Union members.
View Central and West Assembly Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jths204/albums/72157664197259407