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BES holds black history program

The Brewton Elementary School choir performed a Black History Program on Friday. The music teacher Anthony Turk put the production together.

Turk said he wanted to do a program that celebrates black history outside of black history month to show the students that it doesn’t have to be February to learn about black history. The students performed spirituals, which are songs sung by the slaves.

Turk said he selected these songs because he wanted to feature the students heavily on instruments. The students played xylophones, and there were several soloists.

After each song, the students in the choir would give a brief speech on black historical figures of their choosing such as Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges and Fredrick Douglas. Some of the students even dressed up like the person.

“I want to educate the children as a whole, not just the children in the group,” Turk said. “I want them to see themselves as maybe a future mathematician, someone contributing to the space program or someone contributing to the fight against injustice. I want them to know that these people are just people, yet they made their mark on history.”

The students spent months preparing for the program, especially on Thursday afternoons after school.