School from varying districts giving recognition to famous African American artists and educators

A number of schools in Kent County are holding shows and concerts in recognition of Black History Month.

Dover High School's  Black History Month program begins tonight at 6 p.m. The event will include poets, dancers, and singers. It’ll also feature student speakers who will highlight African Americans in education. 

Andrea Spence, project coordinator for community in schools, said a portion of the program will recognize staff for their contributions to the community. She also said the audience should expect a performance from Dover High School Dance Company, students from the visual and performing arts, and the step team.

Welch Elementary is putting on a jazz show Thursday Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. said Ron Gough, spokesperson for the Caesar Rodney School District.

Diane Walls, a music teacher at Welch, said the second graders will be performing a few jazz selection from well-known black artists such as “Route 66”, originally performed by Nat King Cole, or It Don’t mean a thing (if it don’t got that swing)performed by Duke Ellington.

William Henry Middle School’s Black History Program begins at 6:30 p.m. Feb 26 and Booker T. Washington Elementary is hosting a Black History Showcase at 6 p.m on the same night.