Following tradition, Link concluded Black History Month with wonderful performance by many very talented Linkers last Friday evening. The program was not only a tribute to this special month which highlighted the accomplishments of Blacks throughout history, but also to the grandparents who paved the way for the younger generations.
Link’s production this year featured three 7th grade students acting out Act 1, Scene 1 of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and as directed by Ms. Claire Snyder, 7th grade literature teacher.. All 7th graders studied this play in the fall, designing and creating a set as one of the several projects associated with the book. The set was used in the evening’s production.
The show also included the play, Decisions, by an unknown author and adapted by Mrs. Sahirah Johnson, Link’s performing arts teacher. The play centers on a grandmother doing her best to raise a teenager amid concerns about gangs and bad influences. During the play there were interludes of song, dance and a video of Link students and staff, produced by Mr. Bernard Clarke, Link’s 7th grade composition teacher, sharing stories and feelings about their grandparents.
As a bonus, student art was on exhibit during the evening. The display included works that were inspired by African American artists, included Jacob Lawrence, Dawn Otoro, Faith Ringold, Dion Pollard and others. The art show was arranged by Mrs. Keva Berutti, Link’s art teacher. What an awesome display!
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