Hyde’s Elementary School Partners with the New York African Chorus Ensemble for Black History Month


The New York African Chorus Ensemble opening up the elementary school’s, school meeting.

Inspiring and Empowering a Community

Our elementary school eagerly partnered with the NY African Chorus Ensemble, which helped to create meaningful programs and lead workshops to create an authentic Black History Month experience at Hyde. Our students learned about African countries and traditions through hands-on projects, African dance workshops, a fashion show and trivia games on influential African American leaders in history. The program ended with a huge showcase in which our students’ wonderful classwork was celebrated and displayed to faculty, parents and the rest of the elementary school.

The New York African Chorus Ensemble is much more than a chorus. The ensemble celebrates diversity, and through its community outreach, runs multicultural festivals that connect the community to authentic African culture, traditions, and spirituality. President Joyce Adewumi said, “Spending time with the students during Black History Month has allowed us… to break down negative stereotypes that separate us and show our similarities… through music, dance, in any way we can… to celebrate humanity.”

Charmaine Mack, Director of Social and Emotional Programs, knows that these are experiences our students need the most because it gives them the opportunity to develop their self and social awareness, which she highlights, “…are key social competencies needed to be successful throughout life.” Our students become more aware of their own strengths and their unique potential that they can offer to the world. She said, “I think these experiences will forever live with our students as fun and powerful cultural experiences.”