Gwyneth Katker

Seminole High School put on a Black History show on Saturday the 23rd. Representing and giving background information of the importance of each day in February.

Zayna Sheikh

Black History is an undeniable and intrinsic part of American history, and with the arrival of February comes a celebration of this very heritage and culture. Black History Month entails 28 celebratory days praising Black excellence in a country that all too often neglects it.

“[Black History Month] allows people of all colors and walks of life to acknowledge the work African Americans have accomplished in order to make society a better place,” commented senior Amon McKinney-Turner.

This year, Seminole High School is honoring these accomplishments by continuing an annual tradition: The Black History Show, which was held on Feb. 23 at the KWC auditorium.

At SHS, the Black History Show has been in existence for years and intends to reoccur for many more to come. There are auditions and rehearsals required for involvement in the show, which is better defined by sponsor Lashelle Guy as a “narrated performance.” The purpose is to draw attention to overlooked African American contributions, with this year’s focus being on supporting historically Black colleges and universities.

For some, this show is important to honor Black men and women who were the first of their kind: countless leaders who paved the way for future generations.

“There is so much rich history in the city of Sanford, even right here at Seminole High School. Dr. Connie Collins is the first African American woman to become the Principal of Seminole High School, and it is only right that we honor her and numerous other chain-breakers with this performance,” said McKinney-Turner.

For others, this show holds significance in that it brings light to the mistreatment of Black people in the past as well as counters discrimination that persists to the present day.

“The African American community was branded by slavery. We deserve a chance to celebrate the people that came before us,” said senior Cheyenne Zuniga.

In a world where being Black can negate individuality and talent, one month set aside to put Black excellence on a pedestal is meager compensation. When all we have to do is turn on the TV to watch countless heartbreaking occurrences of police brutality, racial targeting, and discrimination broadcasted on the news, we must acknowledge a disparity in the treatment of African Americans and counter it with love and praise.