Last week Hiawatha Collegiate High School closed out African American History Month with a celebration of those who have honored Black History through their past and current work, local art, and national influence.

Brittany Lynch

First students were joined by Brittany Lynch, vice president of external affairs at KFAI radio and host of the Soul Tools Radio show. She has dedicated her life to working for and with organizations that  empower youth to make a difference in their communities and the world. She spoke to scholars about the importance of sharing their own authentic narrative. “Every one of you has the ability to share your story,” she said. “Unless we tell our story, other folks can render us invisible.”

Spoken word artists

Keno Evol (pictured), Laressa and Fatima, three artists from the organization TruArtSpeaks, performed spoken word pieces for the audience that embraced the theme of black history and how race has affected them in various events of their lives. TruArtSpeaks focuses on supporting, encouraging, developing and creating spaces for youth and community voice within hip-hop culture.

Student dancers

Several scholars took the stage with fists raised, as a symbol of solidarity with past and present civil rights movements. They showcased their creativity, passion for the arts and talents in their hip-hop dance performance before lifting a black sign for the crowd with the words “Black Lives Matter.” Their performance was met with cheers from the audience.

As an extra special surprise ending, several teachers performed a dance to the song Lean and Dabb, matching their moves nearly perfectly with the music video projected behind them. There is nothing like ending black history month by watching teachers get their groove on!