Hays-Porter students filled the gymnasium for the last bell of the day on Friday, Feb. 23, excitedly anticipating special guests and performances by their peers in celebration of Black History Month.
Ryan Houston, anchor of WCPO’s “The NOW Cincinnati,” served as emcee for the program, which also paid tribute to CPS board member A. Chris Nelms, who passed away in September 2017. Mrs. Terry Nelms was present to receive a commemorative plaque and share remarks about her late husband’s life of civic service.
“Mr. Nelms lived what he believed,” said Principal Nedria McClain. “We are honored to pay tribute to him and his dedication to CPS students as part of our Black History Month celebration.”
Student performances included traditional African dances by the Hays-Porter Black Panther Dancers and the Hays-Porter Kings & Queens, as well as “Step It Up” by the Hays-Porter Steppers. Students recited Maya Angelou’s poem, “And Still I Rise,” and fifth-grade students recited Countee Cullen’s “Hey Black Child” together as a class.
Special guest performances included Robert Jones and his original spoken word, “Not My Child.” Motivational speaker Montez Sorrells engaged students in various cheers and interactions, including leading the students in the chant from the song “I Can” by hip-hop artist Nas.
View videos from the celebration below and keep up with Hays-Porter throughout the school year at haysporter.cps-k12.org.
Video – Hays Porter Steppers Take the Stage:
Hays-Porter African Musicology Performance