Pleasant Grove High School held its Black History Program 2018 on Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12. This years program was a reflection on the Harlem Renaissance entitled “Harlem at the Grove” it featured music, fashion, poetry and more. As one watched the program unfold they were magically transported back in time to the 1920s in Harlem.
The Harlem Renaissance was an intellectual, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York spanning the 1920s The Movement also included the new African-American cultural expressions across the urban areas in the Northeast and Midwest United State. The Harlem Renaissance was considered to be a rebirth of African-American arts. Though it was centered in the Harlem neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan in NewYork City, many francophone black writers from African and Caribbean colonies who lived in Paris were also influenced by the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance is generally considered to have spanned from about 1918 until the mid-1930s. Many of its ideas lived on much longer.
The Masters of Ceremony were Aaron Moseley and Andrew Carpenter. The moderators were Destiny Moore and Mar’Kayla Kennedy. The Negro National Anthem was presented as the program began. The hosts for the program was introduced. The Pleasant Grove Jazz Band gave a musical selection, and The Grove Girl Dancers were introduced. Aaron Harris read a poem entitled “Defamation Of The Movement.” Next followed another musical selection from the Pleasant Grove High School Jazz Band. Kaitlyn Reynolds and Alex McKinney sang the song “Summertime” together as a duet. Mitchell Kennedy gave a poetic interpretation of “If We Must Die.” The Grove Girls presented a jazz dance routine to the song “You Give Me Fever.” Deejay Smith sang “What A Wonderful World.” A poetic interpretation of “Mother To Son” was given by Nakori Snell and Bryon Smith. A step routine to the tune “Keep Your Head Up” was presented by the Pleasant Grove High School Steepers. Next came a major highlight of the program the Harlem Renaissance Fashion Showcase which presented fashion of the fashions of the era modeled by students and faculty. Robyn Rutledge presented a Zora Neale Hurlson Monologue. The Pleasant Grove High School Steepers returned with a Step Routine to the song “U.N.I.T.Y.” the rest of the cast joined the Steppers on stage to finish the program, and everyone took a great big bow as the audience gave them a standing ovation. The Masters Of Ceremony gave special thanks. Principal Jarvie Watkins gave closing remarks. Brooke Bowie provided sign language interpretation for the program. The Black History Program Committee for 2019 included Mrs. Tamisha Williams, Mr. Joseph Hardey, Mrs. Jaime Hill, Mrs. Kameka Cottrell.