The first of its kind local celebration in honor of Black History Month featured music, dance, poetry, song and acting. About 120 people attended “A Celebration of our Heritage,” which was put on by the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the cafeteria of Madera High School.
Many praised the efforts of the children who took part in the program, which also included a quiz about the historical contributions of African Americans, an overview of the Emancipation Proclamation and a Black History proclamation.
“I think it turned out beautiful. I think they had a great turnout. These kids have been practicing since January, we just came out here to help,” said Alyssa Smith, who served as mistress of the program. Smith is the president of the NAACP Fresno State chapter.
“Everybody seemed to enjoy the show and we’re just happy that we got to be a part of it and come back to where I’m from and help the kids,” said Smith, a Fresno State junior who graduated from Madera High School in 2010...