Waxahachie Fine Arts Center was filed with songs of praise, poems of hope and dance as members of the Waxahachie High School Black History Month committees held their 11th annual celebration program Saturday afternoon.

Serving as master of ceremonies was Brandon Redis, who said, “There is an impressive array of talent here this afternoon.”

“It is a day of recognition and pleasure. It is an opportunity for everyone to appreciate and learn from each other,” organizer Beverly Swett said, describing the day’s program. “We want to encourage our kids to be productive citizens by learning from those before them. For our kids today, the sky’s the limit.”

Included in the list of performers was 12-year-old Jeremy Broadneax, who recited a poem entitled, “He Had a Dream,” that carried a message of encouragement and hope for today’s youth.

There were several dance teams from Waxahachie as well as from Dallas. From the Emanuel Upper Room COGIC came the Sisters Dancing for Christ and God’s Little Warriors. From Waxahachie were the WHS Stompers who, through dance, gave an impressionistic history of black America.

Another dance group was the MBC Creative Praise Ministry, whose dance was entitled, “He Saw the Best of Me.”

The key speaker for the program was LaKenya Moss of DeSoto. Redis described her many accomplishments, including serving as a board member for the Anthony Chisom AIDS Foundation, participating in charity events for both AIDS and cancer awareness and raising social awareness of sexual abuse.

“One of the phrases I always say is, ‘The children are truly our future, our future leaders, our future success stories,’ and it is our responsibility to guide them to become positive leaders,” Moss told the audience.

She began her speech by talking about the five most important people in her life. Naming her mother and Ester Davis, Moss included herself in that list, saying, “You have to believe in yourself.”

The afternoon’s celebration concluded with the song “Voice of Praise,” as sung by the Rev. Ural Thompson followed by a dance, “Praise Him in Advance,” by God’s Little Warriors.