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Speakers and performers honor Black History Month at Clements Middle

The Rev. Dr. Natasha Rice of Ebenezer Baptist Church spoke to Clements Middle School students on Friday about the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. Students were told about the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

The Rev. Dr. Natasha Rice of Ebenezer Baptist Church spoke to Clements Middle School students on Friday about the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. Students were told about the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

COVINGTON – On the last day of the month-long observance, Clements Middle School sent Black History Month out with a bang by hosting an assembly with an array of speakers and performers.

Students gathered in the school’s gymnasium as the Rev. Dr. Natasha Reid Rice gave a brief history on the African-American community in the South. Rice is also an attorney and associate pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

She informed students about the Children’s Crusade, a Civil Rights movement that took place in Birmingham in 1963. During the crusade, students marched downtown to talk to the mayor about segregation in Birmingham. Rice emphasized the fact that numerous children were arrested and jailed for days for protesting inequality, with many being younger than the Clements students she was addressing.

Apollo Theatre amateur winner Clark King delivered various song performances throughout the assembly, including “Go Down Moses,” “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” and “Everyday People.”

In addition, students displayed some of their artwork honoring Black History Month, which included an interpretation of the iconic Rosie the Riveter featuring a black woman as Rosie with the “We can do it!” caption.