FNS event celebrates Black History Month • by Julia Hamilton
Posted on 02/25/2022
A man plays steel drums
Food and Nutrition Services wanted to celebrate Black History Month not only through music and food, but also incorporate the cultural aspect which birthed the idea of a Heritage Museum.  Several committees worked to ensure the event’s success. This Heritage Museum displayed artifacts from countries with an African influence passed down from generations to several individuals at FNS.

FNS also wanted to intensify this cultural heritage and invited OCPS students from a variety of schools to share their understanding of the significance of Black History Month. Sally Ride Elementary shared stories about Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks, and the Oak Ridge High marching band performed three musical selections, and shared fun facts about Historically Black Colleges and their marching bands.

Mr. JR, a one-man live steel-pan entertainer, serenaded the audience throughout the event —incorporating music from the tropics.

To mitigate the spread of Covid-19, Mama’s Fixins food truck prepped and cooked succulent southern meals for all participants. All meals were pre-selected weeks in advance and served in enclosed containers.

Attendees participated in Heritage games and received prizes and other giveaways. Attendees enjoyed celebrating Black History Month in an authentic manner.