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Fridley Middle School 7th and 8th grade students are proud to present Disney's Aladdin Jr, the spring musical! The show opens on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Fridley District Auditorium, 6000 West Moore Lake Drive, Fridley. Additional showtimes include Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for youth through high school, $2 for Fridley Student with ID. We look forward to seeing you there!

  

  

Each February, Black History Month serves as an opportunity for all to recognize and celebrate the achievements of African Americans - Fridley Public Schools honors the legacy of African American pioneers through a multitude of events throughout the February. On February 25, 2020, Fridley Middle School (FMS) hosted a first-time, student-centered Black History Month showcase for 7th and 8th grade students in the Fridley district auditorium.

The event was organized in collaboration with FMS Get Ready college pathways program coordinator Nura Hussein and equity and inclusion specialist Aloda Sims. “Together, we wanted to create a space and opportunity for students to feel valued and celebrated through their culture and heritage,” said Hussein. “We wanted this to be a celebration and something big for students to be a part of.”

“It was an excellent opportunity to provide a student-centered learning experience,” said Sims. “As an International Baccalaureate World School, we strive to diversify our students learning experiences and focus on global contexts. We want our students to be equipped with a well-rounded and diverse knowledge base that can prepare them and build them up for the future.”

The Black History Month event showcased several performances, beginning with the 7th grade choir singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Four Fridley High School students then performed an African cultural dance.

Students represent African American “Wax Figures” in history

The central feature of the showcase was an African American “Wax Figures” presentation, in which 11 students represented prominent historical figures, with the purpose of motivating and inspiring students to continue their legacies of greatness. African American leaders included Maya Angelou, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ta-nehisi Coats, musical genius Prince, and boxer and philanthropist Muhammed Ali. Students portrayed each historical figure, reciting their significant achievements and contributions to society.

Nia Keaton, a 7th grade student, was proud to represent Ruby Bridges, a lifelong activist for racial equity, and the first African American student to desegregate an elementary school in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1960. “She is inspiring and brave and it meant a lot to me to represent her,” said Keaton. “She is an icon and made a true difference. I felt proud to be part of this showcase because it’s our month, and we were celebrating it with the entire school.”

Eighth grader Nathan Gonzalez represented James Baldwin, a novelist and playwright who broke literary ground with the exploration of racial and social issues in many of his works. “I was definitely proud to represent him,” said Gonzalez. “He is a huge part of African American culture. It was awesome to have this whole assembly to celebrate the culture and history of African Americans, and to highlight the fight and strength that these prominent figures had.”

To 7th grade student Tabitha Johnson, representing the role of Mae C. Jemison was an honor. Jemison, who is an engineer, physician and former NASA astronaut, was the first African American woman to travel to space. “I was so happy to represent a woman who has achieved so much,” said Johnson. “She is an amazing role model and I hope to get the chance to meet her someday.”

In addition to participating in the “Wax Figures” presentation, Johnson knew that she wanted to write and present a speech. Johnson spoke on the pride of being educated, highlighting the strength and glory of those who came before her. 

In her speech, she stated, “Hear me when I say being black is a privilege; being a black student in America is an honor. Even though you may face injustice along the way, you can always overcome it. Just ask our ancestors.”

  

Students empowered by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity role models

To encourage higher education aspirations, Jareck Horton and Thomas Collins, two representatives from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. led an empowering discussion. Omega Psi Phi is a historic African American fraternity. Sharing personal narratives, their educational journeys, and powerful advice, they engaged students as they spoke to them about overcoming obstacles, and knowing the value of higher education. Both Collins and Horton reinforced to their captive audience that even if there are obstacles and challenges in life, they can prevail through hard work, determination, and a sense of purpose.

“As a college and career readiness program, our aim is to create discussions about our students’ futures,” said Hussein, who administers the Get Ready program at FMS. “We wanted our students to hear and learn from and the lived experiences of our guests Collins and Horton, who really contributed to the impact of the showcase.”

  

  

 

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