POSTED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 7:45pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 7:49pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — The walls near the entryway of Valley Park Alternative School Thursday, February 21, were decorated in vibrant greens, reds and blacks with posters profiling and quoting African Americans who have made an impact on culture and history in the United States. Chairs were filled with students, staff and visitors ready to celebrate “Reaching Back, Moving Forward” as part of the school’s Black History Month Observance Program and Town Hall Meeting.
Highlights of the event included a historical overview and an a capella performance of negro spirituals by Science teacher Frances Slack entitled “Oh Freedom,” as well as a song by student Torrion Fleming and a rap performance by student Kyron Hains around the theme “Change Is Gonna Come 2013.”
A panel discussion of relevant topics was kicked off by Dr. Donald Hunter (second photo, right), CEO of Evaluative and Development Services, while fellow panelists (left to right) State Rep. Edward “Ted” James and Dr. May Moss of Louisiana Area Women in Ministry listened. Other panelists were Dr. Kim Hunter Reed of HCM Strategies, LaTangela Sherman of Citadel Broadcasting and Johvanna Sampson of Fidelity Bank.
Valley Park’s mission is to provide HOPE (Helping Others Pursue Excellence).