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Ann's Choice Residents and Hatboro-Horsham High School Students Participate in Black History Program

February 24, 2012

Presentation and "Working Lunch" Delves Into Topics Ranging From Civil War, Civil Rights to Race Relations

WARMINSTER, PA - Ann's Choice residents and students from Hatboro-Horsham High School  came together in a first-ever event at the community to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans, acknowledge their history in the country and to better understand past and present day race relations in a program entitled Blacks in America: The Civil War, Civil Rights and Beyond.
Ann's Choice residents and students first viewed a program hosted by living historian/teacher/musician Joe Becton, an African-American instructor who discussed the role of Blacks in the Civil War.
Mr. Becton dressed in Civil War period clothing, presented various musical numbers from the era, discussed the role of African-American involvement in the conflict, their life in the army and held a question/answer period with those in the audience.
Following the one-hour program, the students, several residents and Mr. Becton took part in a "working lunch," where they talked about the program, and what changes have come about with regards to African-American relations within American society, the changes from the time of The Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement to the present.
"This program is outstanding because most of the people here at Ann's Choice grew up in an era when segregation took place, and all people need to know about the positive and negative occurrences that happened during the various decades with regards to race relations in the United States," said Andy Christmas, an Ann's Choice resident.  "Having the students here at the community is important because we all can share ideas and learn from each other.
Ann's Choice Executive Director Joseph LoCascio said, "We not only wanted to honor the achievements of African-Americans, but also recognize the struggles and events that they endured during a program that is both multi-cultural and intergenerational.  Ann's Choice is proud to hold an honest and open discourse about a sensitive topic like race relations with our residents and a younger generation."
The students from Hatboro-Horsham High School are juniors and seniors from various classes.
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