CHS Concert Choir performs at Southside Black History Program
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, Southside Elementary School held its first annual Black History program in the school's auditorium. The Cairo High School Concert Choir opened up the program with "Tshotsholoza," a traditional South African freedom song adapted by Jeffery L. Ames and "Keep Your Lamps," a spiritual piece that describes hope for the future and freedom, arranged by Andre Thomas.
Some of the Southside students put on a play depicting popular historic African American figures such as Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglas, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr., and how they changed the world. Two students introduced each figure as they made their way to the microphone. Each person introduced himself or herself and what he or she did in life.
After the awesome performance from the Southside students, the CHS Concert Choir performed "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which is known as the Black National Anthem and was written by James Weldon Johnson. After that, Ms. LaJuana Smith, a fifth grade teacher at Southside, performed a soulful song called "Somebody's Knocking at Your Door", a song she was taught by her grandmother. She was truly a fabulous performer who got the audience immersed in the music. The performance was a great experience for the students of Southside.