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“Black Migration, Walking Forward In Hope, and Not Backwards In Fear” was the title and theme of this year's Black History Program at McAdory Middle School presented on Thursday, February 28. The welcome and occasion were given by Yusaf Wilson. A special music presentation was provided by the McAdory Middle School Choir. The special guest speaker was presented by Alexander Adams. This year’s special guest speaker was the current and first African American Elected Sheriff of Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway. Sheriff Pettway ended his presentation by asking questions from each section of the audience, lucky students that answered the question correctly won a prize. After Sherriff Pettway finished, McAdory Middle School Principal Mrs. Julie McAlister had a special presentation for Sherriff Pettway. Next, Estelle Jones graced the audience with a special song. Moving and inspiring poetry live reading was given by students of McAdory Middle School. The McAdory Middle School band performed. A special African Dance performance was presented. Next, came one of the special moments as McAdory Middle School teacher Mr. Ellis showed off his drumming skills as he played a drum solo. Ardaejah Avery and Emma Walls graced the audience with their angelic voices singing “Hallelujah.” One of the special moments of the program was African American Migrations Through Time narrated by Jennifer Griffin, in which students acted out a particular moment in African American History. One of the other memorable moments of the program came next as the students performed special tributes to Historically Black Colleges and Universities Sororities and Fraternities with special introductions by Makayla Dial. The program ended with the McAdory Middle School Choir leading the congregation in The Negro National Anthem. A special lunch reception was held in the library and was prepared and served by the McAdory Middle School Culinary Arts Department.

Volunteers included Kari A. Moore, LaVondia Bryant-Square, La Berte Hedgemon, Ian Patton, Alpha Phi Alpha, Gamma Kappa Chapter, and Miles College 

Contributors included Sheriff Mark A . Pettway, The Jefferson County Sherriff’s Department, The Birmingham City Police Department, Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Estelle Jones, Canaan Baptist Church and Kindergarten, Bessemer, Future Living Community Services, Jaylin Foster and Joyce C. Grant. 

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