Future Grounded in Past

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Fourth and fifth graders at Oakland Heights Elementary School hosted the annual Black Awareness Program Friday.

Entitled, "to know your future is to recognize your past," the program was designed to teach the students about some of the great black leaders of the past.

"We really don't learn about a lot of African-American history in our schools. I think it is important for our kids to have a program that would inform them of the things that African-Americans have done in the past and that they have contributed to our country," said Lori McFarland, an assistant teacher.

The program included songs by the Oakland Heights choir, a skit by the fifth graders and guest speaker, the Rev. Gerald Hudson.