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BCJ’s Royal Ball Replaces the Traditional Black History Program

BCJ’s Royal Ball was held on Wednesday, February 21st on our namesake Barbara Jordan’s 82nd birthday. The Royal Ball was a celebration of African heritage and ancestry. In preparation for the Royal Ball, each grade level studied various countries in the continent of Africa. Kindergarten studied Kenya, 1st studied Ethiopia, 2nd studied South Africa, 3rd studied Egypt, 4th studied Ghana and 5th grade studied Senegal. In addition, our Gate program conducted research on all of Africa's 54 countries while our Library Media Specialist focused on kings and queens of Africa. Our students learned about their country’s heritage, culture, and influence on Western Civilization. Our African Art Show featured art created by every single student at Barbara Jordan and was a true testament of how they were inspired by the learning that was done. 

And of course we had the help of our wonderful community partners. Mama Lisa with Funisha Enterprise African Dance taught our students a traditional dance that they performed at the Royal Ball in front of their peers, family, and community. There were special performances by students as well as by Atrium African Drumming. Families enjoyed samples of traditional African cuisine provided by Simba Ugandan Restaurant.  For more pictures, please visit our BCJ Facebook Page!