Renaissance Showcase celebrates black history

Rachel Davis, Editor

February is known as the month of love, and for Braswell, it’s not just because of Valentine’s Day.

A group of teachers — including Principal Lesli Guajardo, Barbara Kinast, Phylicia Anderson, Nicole Franklin, Melissa Patterson, LaMesha Wilson, Cameron Killian, Kim Fritch and Sherry Dieterich — have come together to create the Cultural Appreciation Committee at the school. In honor of black history month, they are presenting the “Renaissance Showcase,” which will celebrate African-American culture.

The Renaissance Showcase, which is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in the BHS auditorium, will consist of a poetry slam, artwork, gospel and African music and dances that are closely tied to black history.

“I think the showcase will be a good opportunity for people to learn, at least just a little bit, about something they might not have had any knowledge of,” Wilson said. “If we look at it as a whole, we all have more in common than we have in differences. It’s important to know that, and it’s important for a person, for him or herself, to know their own history. Hopefully, this will be a step towards cultural appreciation in general.”

The committee plans to make the showcase an annual event.