On March 1, 2017 Hill House Passport Academy (HHPA) held Black History Village Night, an event celebrating Black History Month and the accomplishments of African Americans.
Held in the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium on the Hill House campus, the event brought together about 100 students, teachers, parents, and other members of the community.
“The event gives the school and the community an opportunity to positively fellowship together towards a common goal,” Vanessa Boyd, HHPA Enrollment Advisor and organizer of Village Night, said. “Our students are always excited when they are allowed to interact with influential community members. It makes them feel accomplished.”
During the event, HHPA students showcased Black History Month inspired art work, African dances, and those on the honor roll were awarded certificates. Village Night also included dinner, guest speakers who were present at the Orangeburg Massacre, and African community drummers.
“The students loved the soul food and the opportunity to interact with each other outside of the formalities of the classroom,” Vanessa said.
Vanessa enjoyed seeing the students engaged with speakers and community members who attended the event. She believes that Village Night was important for students due to their ability to celebrate and learn about an important culture.
“It is important for all students to understand the importance of the African American journey in America,” Vanessa said. “The student body can benefit from learning and acknowledging the accomplishments of African descent individuals in America.”