Students at the Natchitoches Magnet School honored the legacy, history and achievements of African Americans at its Black History Month Program Feb. 27. The theme was “Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes.” Students portraying heroes from the Hall of Justice in the city of Magnetopolis battled against the evil villain: Captain Ignorance. She threatened to use her fancy history erasing device to erase all of the accomplishments of African Americans through the years.
The heroes went back in time using Flash’s treadmill time machine. Their first stop was at Harvard University in 1946 to save Carter G. Woodson. Woodson was an American historian, author, journalist and one of the first scholars to study African-American history.
The next stop was in the year 1837 to protect Frederick Douglas, an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.
They stopped in Maryland next in the 1850s to save Harriet Tubman, an American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War.
Other heroes that were saved included Colin Powell, Maya Angelou, Jackie Robinson, Dr. George Washington Carver, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Madame CJ Walker, Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong, Oprah Winfrey and President Obama.
Students involved in the play were: Wyatt Laning, Makayla Smith, Calder Deford, Kaylee Fredeiu, Amos Taylor, Sydney Masson, Levi Endris, Rylan Babers, Naiim Helaire, D.J. Rager, Shemaria Harris, Kevin Rodriguez, Kavi Pichon, Devin Helaire, Kamira Walker, C.J. Anthony, McKenzie Lacour, Justin Aaron, Bethany Milner and Jaylen Elie.
Elementary grade levels performed songs throughout the Jr. High students’ play.
First Grade: “Dr. Martin Luther King Had a Dream”
Second Grade: “I am the Future of Black History”
Third Grade: “I Have a Dream”
Fourth Grade: “The Black Anthem”
Fifth Grade: “We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands”
As the heroes faced off against Captain Ignorance, President Obama grabbed her time eraser, swapped it to the “knowledge” setting, and zapped her with it. Thus, she became Captain Knowledge, fighting against ignorance everywhere she goes.