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Black Joy Itinerary


The Black National Anthem: "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by

James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson

Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on till victory is won

Stony the road we trod
Bitter the chastening rod
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died
Yet with a steady beat
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?


We have come over a way that with tears has been watered
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the

Out from the gloomy past
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast

God of our weary years
God of our silent tears
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way
Thou who has by Thy might Led us into the light
Keep us forever in the path, we pray

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met

Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget


Shadowed beneath Thy hand
May we forever stand
True to our God
True to our native land


Itinerary for March 12, 2022 -Black Joy: Celebrating Black Artistry, Creativity and Excellence.

1:00-2:00pm - Welcome by Shamar Edwards (Senior Director, Equity, African-American, Black, and Multi-Ethnic Student Achievement) and Shanti (Shawntae) Croom (Educational Equity & Family Engagement Coordinator)

Introductions: DJ Mark Neal and MC TaShawn Daniels (Encinal Student)

Announcements of Vendors: Valentine by Amora, EHS Leadership Team (raffle)

Poetry by student Yemaya Kopelman (Paden Monarch)

2:00-2:35pm- Student Recognition

2:35-2:40pm- Dance Performance from Destined to Dance (Simone and Kennedy)

2:40-3:00pm- Song Performances by Unite Alameda 4 Change students: presented by Robin Wilson

3:00-3:05pm- Black History Trivia (4): presented by Alameda Mosaic, Caroline Brossard

3:05- 3:15pm- Poetry by Prentice Powell

3:15-3:20pm- Dance performance from EHS dance team

3:20-3:25pm- Black History Trivia (5): presented by Alameda Mosaic, Caroline Brossard

3:25-3:40pm- Rap performance by MC Kai

3:40-3:45pm- Black History Trivia (1): presented by Alameda Mosaic, Caroline Brossard

3:45-3:50pm- Announce Raffle Winner

3:50-3:55pm- Closing Remarks

3:55-4:00pm- Community Dance Party

Thank you to everyone listed above that performed.

Special thank you to the Parent/Family Liaisons & Community Partners- Renate Westbrooks, Marquitta Eddings, Mikala Royal,
Aaron Mercadel, Caroline Brossard, and Robin Wilson. You all helped tremendously and are appreciated!

Thank you to the following people for your contributions:

Chris Tam and volunteers for donating the community clothing giveaway

Coordinator, Family & Community Engagement Programs, Claudia Medina

Kirstin Snyder (EHS Principal), Jamilah Jones - Mclean (EHS Assistant Principal), Mark Gelico and custodian staff, Kevin Gorham(Dean of Students/EHS Leadership Team), Frank Beering (Teacher/ EHS Sophomore Leadership Team). Marjorie Ortiz (Director of EHS Dance Team), the entire BSU and Encinal school.

A special acknowledgment to our School Board, Superintendent Scuderi, Cabinet, Jennifer Medina, MOF staff, Business Services staff, and the entire Alameda community.


Shamar Edwards and Shanti Croom


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