Students at Gaston Middle School kicked off African American History Month activities Friday at the southwest Fresno school that’s in its first year.
The schools’ Black Student Union hosted activities during an assembly, including a reenactment of the historic scene in a Montgomery, Alabama, bus in which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person. Parks was subsequently arrested, and became an icon of the civil rights movement.
The assembly also featured a performance of the Black National Anthem, dancing, music, stepping and information on how African-Americans have helped shape the country’s history and culture.
The Black Student Union, working with drama, band, choir and the service learning class, has activities planned throughout February in recognition of African American History Month. One of the goals of the Black Student Union is to organize culturally enriched activities and experiences on campus for the entire student body that raise awareness of African-American heritage.