Celebrating African Americans in the Arts

These teens took to the stage for Black History Month


It’s important to celebrate Black history year-round, but February is a special time to highlight the contributions of Black Americans to arts, culture, technology and more. This year, the theme for Malverne High School’s annual celebration of Black history, hosted by the school’s Black Studies Club, was “African Americans in the Arts.”

Students celebrated the cultural contributions of Black Americans by through song, dance, poetry and food. The event, on Feb. 15 in the high school’s Performing Arts Center, was open and free of charge for the public to enjoy.

The Malverne school district has a special relationship with the history of civil rights — Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. himself marched down Ocean Ave. nearly 60 years ago to advocate for the district’s desegregation. Today, the struggles and successes of Black Americans are honored and celebrated by Malverne faculty and students — the project to rename Lindner Place, named after a Ku Klux Klan member, to Acorn Way was spearheaded by young activists in Malverne High School.