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Black History Month celebrations focus on performing arts

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Black history month tributes continued at the Jackson Medical Mall with a salute to the performing arts.

"A Celebration of Our Heritage" featured student and adult musical presentations and various forms of dance.

It was held in conjunction with the Jackson Department of Parks and Recreation.

Featured performers included the Jim Hill High School Choir, the Jackson Champion Dance Program and the Montage Theatre of Dance Company.

The contributions of African Americans from Negro spirituals to modern dance were recognized during the event.

"This is something that our people sang back in the day to get them through their struggles, through their heartaches. They need to know that this is where we came from and anytime you see kids doing something wonderful you always want to motivate them," said Laurie Walker of Jackson.

"We wanted to show that the community does have some type of influence on dance, arts, history. And we wanted to showcase that this evening, as well as show that there are students here who are doing positive things in the community," said Jackson Medical Mall Foundation Public Relations Manager Zakiya Summers.

Civil rights activist and Jackson business owner Hezekiah Watkins was the featured speaker.

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