Serra Sowers

Students held a preview viewing of the Black History Show last Thursday in order to practice for the big show.

The Black History Committee dazzled Seminole with its annual Black History Show, which was held on Saturday, Feb. 24. This year’s theme was “The History of Sanford” and focused on how African-Americans have contributed to our local community.

Auditions were held on Jan. 31 to cast members for the show, which was less of a play and more like a narration in the form of a skit. The purpose of the show was to entertain and educate viewers about Black history.

“There’s a lot of history that needs to be known by the student body and we want to share it in an entertaining way,” said sponsor LaShelle Guy.

In order to perform, the club was hard at work with preparations, rehearsing every Wednesday. This year’s show was intended to be grander than ever before. While the show used to be a small school event that was organized by a committee, students expressed their interest into making something bigger. The club expanded to include service activities that last year-round, rather than only during Black History Month.

“We also take the club on college tours and we host numerous community service events in which we give back to our community,” said junior Amon McKinney, a member of the club and and a performer in the show.

While the Black History Committee sponsored and organized the event, the performers came from diverse backgrounds. This year, the Seminole High Gospel Choir performed as well.

“I really enjoy rehearsing with everyone and it is such a fun experience. I think it’s important for people to know about black history and to know about the culture and to know how they have impacted our history as a whole,” said Gospel Choir singer Ysabella Ortiz.

Ultimately, the creators of the Black History Show hoped to empower African-American students and showcase their contributions to society. This has great significance to African-American club members.

“Black History is so deeply rooted in others lives and many think that is just pertains to one group,” said McKinney. “Being in this club has taught me that many African Americans before us have paved the way for us to be successful. It’s all about how we walk the path.”