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Photo provided by Jon Loveall -- Jackson Elementary School's annual Black History Month Program In February was created and presented by the school’s first- and second-grade students. Presenting their speeches, from left, are, Codie Henson, Dashayla Goss and Daylon Harris.

Students, families and residents took a journey through a rich tapestry of American history at Jackson Elementary School’s annual Black History Month Program during February, created and presented by the school’s first- and second-grade students.

Second-grade students researched topics including the Underground Railroad, jazz music and history-makers such as Frederick Douglass and Shirley Chisholm.

They wrote and presented speeches in the voices of these figures. First-grade students performed a traditional West African folk song and dance.

“We are very proud of the work of our students,” said Jackson Elementary Principal Megan Phillips. “Their research, writing and public speaking was truly outstanding.”