Northumberland High and Middle Schools celebrated Black History month Friday with an assembly in the auditorium that featured songs, dances and the Rev. Dr. Tyron Williams speaking.
High school principal Dr. Travis Burns, acted as master of ceremonies and introduced first the high school choir led by Latasha Lee which provided a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” After the choir fnished, the Gallilee United Methodist Church Praise Dancers wearing black robes with gold crosses across their fronts danced down the aisle to the front of the auditorium and put on a spirited dance. The dancers returned later in the program clad in red robes to close the program.
James Long, president of the Northumberland NAACP chapter introduced Williams as “one of the great motivators I’ve heard in recent years.”
Williams did not give a history lesson. Instead, he described growing up in a segregated Augusta, Ga. And told the students, “You are lucky to live in a time when you can live as you want.” That wasn’t so in the Augusta of his youth, he said, recalling separate water fountains for blacks and whites and not being able to eat at a good restaurant that was whites only. He remembered grimmer things, too, like the day white policemen shot and killed six black men, one a good friend of his. “That was the world I lived in,” he said.
For the full story pick up a copy of the March 1 edition of the Northumberland Echo