Local Singer Helps Chase School Students Celebrate Black Culture

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Chase School students showcased their love for African American arts and culture with help from a Northside singer.

The Black History Month program included choreography, poetry and student-produced music. Students and guests also had the opportunity to learn the song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which also is known as the “Black National Anthem.” Rasha Potter, a local vocalist, recording artist and poet, led the audience by first singing the song, then teaching the lyrics.

“We believe that including diverse community artists in our celebration is an excellent way to drive home that we celebrate the contributions of African Americans throughout the year,” said Ashanti Dawson-Cade, Chase School’s resource coordinator. “We have paired seasoned artists in our community with our sixth-graders to create a collaborative piece highlighting the talents of our students.”

The program also gave students in the music and technology course at Chase School the chance to demonstrate their music production talents. The course, taught by Kiri Pasch, teaches students how to produce original music in programs like GarageBand, Audacity and Launchpad.

Jeauanita Olówé, or Ms. Jay, teaches African language, art and culture to Chase School students. Under her direction, sixth-graders wowed parents and community members with their modern Afropop-inspired dancing.

Tim’m West, student mentor and vice chair of Chase School’s Local School Decision Making Committee, or LSDMC, showed students the importance of acceptance and inclusion. West closed the program by performing an original song, “Stutter,” that explores how his speech impediment as a child helped him develop resilience and empathy for others.

Keep up with the great things happening at Chase School at chase.cps-k12.org.

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