The entire student body of Kendrick High School poured into the auditorium Thursday morning for the Black History Month presentation of "The African-American's Experience."
The program was coordinated by Kendrick JROTC instructor CSM Jimmy Richards, who is retiring after 21 years of teaching. The program was presented completely by the students and featured a praise dance, chorus performances of African-American inspired music, poem readings and dramatic interpretations of Freedom Fighters like Sojourner Truth and Malcolm-X.
The final act in the presentation showcased the JROTC students who represented all four branches of the military — Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines. In this presentation, high school senior Leabert Fray portrayed Pfc. Milton Olive III, who was the first African American soldier to receive the Medal of Honor.
Fray also read a speech along with classmate Dominique Robinson that highlighted many of the important historical achievements by African-Americans in science, sports and politics from the pre-Civil Rights Movement to current times. Fray will be joining the United States Marines Corps upon graduation.