Congratulations to all for making the 2020 NAPLS annual Black History Month production, “VOTE: Venturing Out Towards Excellence,” a success. The program approximately seventy students from the middle and high schools as they presented an evening performance for the community and then six assemblies on Friday Feb. 21 for students grades 3-12. Check out the video from the program below.
Thank you to Mr. Sean Hooper, Mrs. Denise Johnson, Mrs. Melissa Gould and all of our talented students for putting together this celebration.
About the Program
The 2020 New Albany-Plain Local Schools’ annual Black History Month production, “VOTE: Venturing Out Towards Excellence,” featured approximately seventy students from the middle and high schools. The subject for this year’s program paralleled with the ASALH (Association for the Study of African-American Life and History) theme of African-Americans and the Vote. The action unfolded with a group of students conducting research on the history of suffrage and disenfranchisement, and they take a trip to Grandma Madeara’s house to learn firsthand about the fight for black voting rights.
Some of the legislative landmarks highlighted include the 15th Amendment (1870), the 19th Amendment (1920), and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Historical vignettes are recreated from the U.S. Senate meeting during the Reconstruction Era, a late 19th-century National American Woman Suffrage Association meeting, and President Lyndon B. Johnson’s address to Congress. This year’s musical tribute featured a salute to Motown Records which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.
This program is in alignment with the district’s R-Factor system which attaches the importance of being focused and thoughtfully engaged, as well as acting with purpose and pride in order to have positive outcomes while supporting each other by celebrating the timeless values of equality and acceptance.