Black History Month is an annual observance created in an effort to ensure that African-Americans contribution to both society and history will remain part of the mainstream curriculum. Every February, it is only fitting that America recognizes and reflects in the struggles, achievements and contributions that the African-American community has made to honor its ancestry and recognize the advancements and innovations that have shaped American lives and the world as we know it.
As a highlight of Black History Month, Albritton Middle School hosted Dr. James Anderson, Chancellor of Fayetteville State University, at a student assembly on February 5, 2013.
Dr. Anderson spoke about self-concept and his challenging childhood in Washington DC. He used the concept of a pizza to highlight six parts of self
-- which all contribute to one's character.
Students were mesmerized by his description of his childhood on the streets and the compassionate adults who helped him along the way.
In addition, the "Smith Sixteen" Choral Ensemble from EE Smith High School performed musical selections ranging from Negro spirituals to jazz vocalizations.