In honor of Black History Month, Hogg Middle School hosted their inaugural Black History Program Wednesday, Feb. 22, with a Tribute to Bands showcase featuring performances from several HISD fine arts programs.
“When we came together as a community, we decided we wanted to do a tribute to bands because we know music is a big part of all cultures,” said Principal Vanessa Saldana. “Stevens Elementary School Principal Erin Trent, who is a part of our PTA, took on the initiative and coordinated with historically Black high schools in HISD to see if they could come out to showcase their fine arts programs for our community.”
Students, staff, family members, and HISD Superintendent Millard House II gathered in the auditorium to watch special performances by Jones High School cheerleaders, Hogg Middle School cheerleaders, Hogg Middle School dance team, Washington High School marching band, Madison High School marching band, and Worthing High School marching band.
“Black History Month is a time to really honor the past present and future in a variety of ways to ensure that the legacies live on,” said House. “Thank you all for allowing me to be a part of this program which honors people who shaped our world through the talents of our young leaders of tomorrow.”
Principal Saldana was presented with a certificate of congressional recognition for her hard work and leadership on the behalf of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
“Thank you for your contributions to making a difference by promoting growth and youth in the community by celebrating this auspicious moment,” said Jackson Lee. “Your role in supporting and encouraging diversity reflects the pride that exemplifies the great state of Texas and the United States of America.”
Once the celebration concluded, students and guests were welcomed to enjoy a free meal provided by a local Black-owned catering business and a Black History Month Museum created by Hogg Middle School students.
To learn more about how HISD is celebrating Black History Month district wide, click here.