Hopewell students celebrate Black History Month

(From left): Chaja Robinson, Chadraune Robinson and Jerisha Wright perform the song, “A Moment in Time,” during Hopewell High School’s NAACP celebration of Black History Month Saturday, Jan. 29.

The Hopewell High School chapter of the NAACP kicked off Black History Month, celebrated annually in February, with an evening performance Saturday, Jan. 29 at the school.

The night included performances in song, dance and poetry, including a cappella covers of contemporary songs, choreographed hip-hop routines, and recitation of poetry by Malcolm X and Maya Angelou.

Carolyn Washington, president of Hopewell’s NAACP chapter, said it was exciting to see fellow club members take the stage.

“I didn’t even know they could sing and dance,” she said.

The chapter’s advisor, Tracy Gray, took the stage toward the end of the evening and delivered a surprise performance of the song, “Amazing Grace.”

“I always keep a song in my heart,” she said.

Twenty percent of the evening’s proceeds were donated to Habitat for Humanity, and the remainder of the proceeds will help fund club activities in the community throughout the school year, Gray said.

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