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Special event to mark start of Black History Month

Filed in Archive by on January 23, 2020

On February 3, Bethlehem Central School District will welcome Mr. Richard Haynes who will speak about the power of education and its impact on the lives of the many students he works with, and on his own life.

Haynes is the Associate Director for Diversity at the University of New Hampshire and his presentation, “Education will give you Freedom and Opportunities,” will take place on Monday, February, 3, 2020 at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Central Middle School in the auditorium. The event is open to all Capital Region students and families.

Download a copy of the event flyer.

During his presentation, Haynes will discuss how school was his inspiration and his path to a promising future. With a poignant and personal narrative, he will recount the challenges of his youth — from poverty to racism — and his family’s migration from the rural fields of the Deep South to the sidewalks of Harlem, and eventually to the ivy-covered buildings at UNH.

Don’t miss Richard Haynes as he talks about the importance of engaging students early in their high school careers and how families can plan for the journey to higher education.

This presentation is the first in a series of events marking Black History Month in the Bethlehem Central Schools during the month of February. It is co-sponsored by the Bethlehem Central HS Social Studies Department, the ALANA Student Organization, and the University of New Hampshire.

Pre-lecture event to feature Gomni African Drumming


Just prior to Richard Haynes’ presentation, please join us for African drumming at BCMS from 6:30 pm-6:55 pm, led by Gomni African Drumming’s John Dickson and BC teacher Kaaren Caron. Dickson established Gomni African Drumming following 10 years as a drummer for Kuumba Dance and Drum Troupe beginning. Kuumba Dance and Drum performed regularly throughout the Capital District and parts of Massachusetts. Dickson, who is entering his 20th year of teaching, is currently working with students at Woodland Hill Montessori Middle School teaching students ages 5-13 African drumming. Dickson also works with Old Songs Inc., Paul Nigra Center of Creative Arts and operates several drum circles. It was one of those drum circles where Dickson met BCHS art teacher Kaaren Caron, who is now a part of the Gomni African Drumming Ensemble.