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Hamilton students celebrate African-American contributions

Hamilton High School students will celebrate February as African-American History Month with an all-school assembly Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. in the school gymnasium.

The assembly, sponsored by the school’s Club Unique, will focus on the expressive contributions of African-Americans in American life through music, poetry and dance.

The assembly features:

  • Hamilton senior Katrina Gordon singing “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” an inspirational anthem that is considered the Black National Anthem. The song was written by James Weldon Johnson and was first sung on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in 1900.
  • Published poets Kwabena Antoine Nixon and Muhibb Dyer who are seasoned presenters and poetry workshop leaders in schools and at educational conferences. They will highlight the transformative power of poetry. Both travel extensively throughout the state as part of “The Other America” tour, which explores First Amendment freedom of speech issues with high school students.
  • Milwaukee High School of the Arts hip-hop dance team, Ocean of Soul. This experienced team of dancers and drummers brings hip-hop music to life. Ocean of Soul performs and competes in various dance competitions and conducts high school workshops.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex.