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History comes to Colleton County Middle School

Mrs. Anna Stevens-Bright, who is a minister, retired educator, and journalist, was invited to speak to the students of Colleton County Middle School this past Friday. The theme of the program was, “WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?”
A video presentation entitled “What is the African American Story” displayed African Americans’ accomplishments and how they played a major role in history was shown. The video was prepared by April Moore Varndoe, the stepdaughter-in-law of Mrs. Bright’s of North Garland Church, in Garland, Texas.
There also was a PowerPoint presentation, entitled “Where Do We Go from Here,” looking at five successful African Americans, LeBron James, Madame C.J. Walker, Dr. Mae Jemison and two of Mrs. Bright’s former students, Octavia Spencer (actress, “The Help”) and Dr. Brian Gary (robotic surgeon). Mrs. Bright spoke about the success of her former students and how they overcame many obstacles to accomplish their goals.
In conclusion of the program, a question and answer session was held with the reflection of “AS AFRICAN AMERICANS, WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY, BUT WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?” Students were left with this thought in mind to succeed; there are the three D’s and E words…Determination, Discipline, Dedication and Effort to strive. The words spoken by the late Jesse Ownes a track and field athlete (1913-1980).
Anita Green, an instructional assistant, coordinated the program, and students Mariah Nieves, Frances Smith, and Madison Murray served as mistress of the introduction. Ms. Green said, “I felt like our younger generation has not heard enough about their culture and how they can continue the course.”
A salute to Mrs. Anna Stevens-Bright for such a powerful presentation to the students of Colleton County Middle School.

Nicki Maxey (240 Posts)