CHIPLEY - Rouhlac Middle School celebrated Black History Month with a school wide performance entitled "Express Yourself."
The school’s auditorium was filled to standing room only level as students supported the performers and helped celebrate the month’s celebrations. The school’s celebration was divided into five categories, art, music, literature, dance and politics with the students celebration the black heritage of each.
During the performance RMS students Kyron Hill and Quinell McGhee performed songs centered around African American Heritage. Students Neveah Williams and Ta-Shaun Sims recited two peoms by well known African-American poets. Students Ahleria Pittman and La’Darious Sirmons recited speeches origionally given by Sijourner Truth and Frederick Douglas.
Also during the performance the Christian Center Dance Team performed a interpretive dance for the performance leaving the standing room only auditorium in thunderous applause.
The event’s key-note speaker was Chipley’s Mayor Tracy Andrews, herself an alumni of Rouhlac Middle.
Andrews herself is a history making African-American by being the city’s first African-American Mayor and general manager of Gulf Power.
"I am so honored to be here today," Andrews said. "You guys did an awesome job [celebrating black heritage.]"
During her remarks she spoke of her time at RMS, including how she was part of the first all girls basketball team at the school.