It was a celebration as Black History Month reached its culmination with a community day service held at the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center on Saturday.

After welcoming remarks given by WHS principal David Nix, church youth groups showcased their talents as choirs performed and interpretative dance teams portrayed various aspects of Black History Month.

Interspersed throughout the program were video presentations highlighting African-American inventions and inventors, which were presented by Joshua Chapel A.M.E. Church, Waxahachie.

Participating churches included Emmanuel Upper Room Church, Reagor Springs, which was represented by its youth choir; an interpretative dance by Emmanuel Upper Room Boyz; Sisters Dancing for Christ; and a solo by WHS student Tyron Davis.

Mistress of ceremonies, Jackie Mims, who filled in for Monya Clay-Guinyard, who was unable to attend, commented on the solo presentation.

“I learned something new today,” she said. “I learned that not only could Tyron play football, but I also learned that he was a great singer as well.”

The celebration was earmarked by gospel music, presentations and readings from great African-American leaders including “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou, hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, and performed by youth of Graham Street Church of Christ. Performances also were presented by youth from Metropolitan Baptist Church of Dallas, including “Hero” sung by Regina Allen.

Others performing were Praise Dancers of Joshua Chapel A.M.E. Church; God’s Lil’ Warriors dance team; and WHS Stompers, doing a dance and rhythm routine dramatizing the famous Rosa Parks, noted for refusing to move to the back of the bus at the demand of the bus driver, in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955.

Program personality Cynthia High, who introduced the mistress of ceremonies and extended words of gratitude to church groups, admonished the groups to encourage other churches to participate next year.

“We have this celebration on the last Saturday of February each year and we need more churches to participate,” she told the crowd. “I need this, you need this and our churches need this.”

She thanked civic leaders, Nix and Ryan Mullican and the Student Theater Arts Tech Team for helping with the presentation of the program.

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