JO_febawards2017Black History Month got an extra hurrah in March at the Joliet Job Corps Center, as the Center’s February Awards Assembly themed itself around the celebration of African American culture.

The assembly typically honors students for their accomplishments in their trade, dorm life, Career Preparation Period and academics. This month’s awards event featured live music from student Ryan White on drums and Career Preparation Period 4 Instructor Levar Kellogg on the saxophone, along with enlightening information about eras in Black History such as the Harlem Renaissance.

Students Traveon Baker, Bobbie Johnson, Felesta Coburn and Jenna Cawthon performed a spoken word piece about Black Wall Street, an era in American History that is seldom acknowledged or taught in main-stream historical contexts. Additionally, students Derrick Jennings and Sheila Williams wowed the crowd with their rendition of the Lindy Hop, a popular 1930s dance. Building Construction Technology student Darryl Hannah Lowrance provided great information about historically black colleges and universities.