Lange Middle School Hosts Final Black History Month Event

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COLUMBIA - "It is directed at all minorities," said Dr. Bernard Solomon, the principal of Lange Middle School, regarding the final Black History Month event at the school Tuesday evening.

Solomon said it was a celebration of all minorities in the school who represent around 75% of the total students at Lange Middle School.

"We have one of the most diverse populations of students from Caucasian to African American to Hispanic," said Tylisha Johnson, one of the sponsors of the event. "We embrace them because we can all learn from each other," she said.

The event was organized by the Multi Cultural Achievement Committee. Johnson explained the purpose of Black Month History events are to "enhance and educate the community and the students about history they did not know about."

The event consisted of a dinner, an auction, and a show that was put together by the students. The theme of the event was "Past Reflections, Future Possibilities," and focused on Nelson Mandela's legacy.

Money raised will be used for classes and some educational or cultural outings. Johnson explained Lange Middle School partners up with other middle schools to organize activities. She said this year's 8th graders will visit Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis as well as the Science Center and some other museums in the city.