Port Chester Middle School hosted its third annual Black History Month celebration Friday in the auditorium, featuring performances by the school band, chorus, clarinet ensemble and more.
The event featured guest speaker Breness Smith, a Civil Rights activist from Westchester who while in college at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina participated in non-violent protests, including a lunch counter sit-in.
Also at the event, students read brief biographies of Herbie Hancock, Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder, followed by the Jazz Band performing a work by each artist. They also read information about George Greshwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” the March on Washington and the Emancipation Proclamation. Excerpts were also read from Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.