“A People’s Journey” event educates students and community alike


Victoria Benson

The Great Blacks in Wax Presentation features a performance of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, sharing his contributions to history with the audience.

by Brandon Sanford, Reporter

Step dancing, talking drums and theater skits: “A People’s Journey” had it all. Each part of the showcase came with a message and support of the great contributions of African-Americans throughout US history.

Along with each of the presentations and performances, Linganore High School honored African-American talents and culture as part of its Black History Month celebrations.

This program was well-received by members of the community and students who called it fantastic, lively and enjoyable.

“I’m enjoying the kids learning about their own culture,” Frederick community member Frank said.

The wax museum segment of “A People’s Journey” program showcased a variety of African-American figures– and one African–from past and present and what they contributed to civil rights, history and culture. 

The program shared the journey of people fighting oppression, racism, bigotry and injustice. 

Along with performances from a number of student groups such as the LHS Step team, jazz band and concert choir, the evening featured guest appearances from the NDWC Men’s Choir and Dr. Veara Butler. 

“It gives insight to Black history really; we get to see it from another perspective entirely,” Linganore junior Joshua Frazier said.

Any students interested in learning more about the civil rights movement and African-American history are encouraged to sign up for PREP and attend the screening of “Selma,” a movie about the march towards civil rights led by Martin Luther King Jr.

Harvey Zorbaugh, who attended the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965, will be speaking about his experiences.

Posters displayed around the school allow students to scan a QR code to sign up. A sign-up table will also be set up during each lunch shift in the cafeteria.