'The story of us': Skyline's African American humanities students present creative, thought-provoking program

Families, alum are invited to the performance tonight (2-19-20) at 6:30 p.m.

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor

They wrote it, performed it, directed it. Once again, Skyline’s African American Humanities seniors presented an exciting program for their fellow students in honor of Black History Month.

Titled “The Story of Us,” the program is a blend of the humanities disciplines of art, music, dance, history and literature. Students performed skits, dance and step routines, and musical selections.

“African American history is American history,” said Tonya Whitehorn, who teaches African American humanities at Skyline. “It’s important whether we’re in Ann Arbor, whether we’re in Southfield, whether we’re in Detroit. The location doesn’t matter. What happens is that the more our students are able to connect the stories of other people, they become kinder folks. They become more educated folks. They become more sincere in their interactions with people who don’t look like them.”

Though she retired from Skyline last year, Kay Wade was happy to help with the 55-minute assembly and pleased with the results.

“I’m trying to help strengthen the African American studies programs throughout the district, particularly at the high school level,” said Wade.
“Each building has something different, but we’re just trying to increase enrollment and get lots of students interested in the African American story.”

Skyline's annual program in honor of Black History Month.

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