Students celebrated the heart and soul of African-Americans and their influence in the arts throughout history at the Zachary Community School District’s Black History Month showcase presented by the drama department at Zachary High on Feb. 18.

Songs, poetry and music performed by the students paid tribute to jazz, blues, R&B, Motown and soul music, as well as the slavery era and civil rights movement.

Executive Director Trish Dry was joined by student co-directors Kyla Bates and Alana Scott in producing the program, as well as Curtis Hooper, who led the technical aspect of the show.

The audience was treated to a piano solo by Gracie Ellerbee and songs by ensemble choir members Miranda Albarez, Ebony Brown, Erin Dorsey, Nya Ferguson, Donalon Grimes, Camryn Hayes, Kennedy Jarvis, Kyndall Johnson, Brent Jones, Bailey Malveaux, Reid Saari, Allegra Slaughter, Lauren Taylor, Kyrecia Tennessee, Maggie Terral, Trey Townsel and D’mica Walker.

Students reciting poetry included Bates, Hayes, Jarvis, Malveaux, Scott, Slaughter, Townsel, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Emerald Semien and Phylis Wheatley.

The Baker-Zachary Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority funded the annual book raffle, which was organized by Kofia Brown, Cullen Cassard and Ashlyn Davis.

Josie Ramirez lent his musical assistance to the program, and the vision, hard work and dedication by Tammy Wood and Sheila Harrell helped make the event a huge success.