Hearne students celebrate unsung heroes

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Hearne students “Lifted their Voices” to sing the JW Johnson classic.

Laura Chesner

Staff Writer

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Last month, Hearne ISD performed two shows to a standing room only crowd. The theme of this year’s Black History Month program was “Unsung Heroes of African American History” Opening the festivities was a massive dance routine to Michael Jackson’s pinnacle hit, “Thriller” Student zombies shook the floor with their 80’s dance moves and thrilled the audience with their choreography. Next the auditorium rang with James Weldon Johnson’s classic “Lift Every Voice and Sing” Johnson was an African American College graduate in 1894 at a time when most African Americans were denied basic public education. In the 1900’s Johnson was appointed by President Teddy Roosevelt as a consulate for Venezuela and later Nicaragua. The students also honored, Louisiana Hines, a centegenarian from Detroit, who passed away at the ripe old age of 114 years old. She was an art lover, a lifetime member of the NAACP and until February 15 of this year, the oldest living African American. The students, teachers and staff had a great time making skits, singing songs and teaching the community about American History.

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