For Black History Month, the community has pulled together to showcase a variety of works at the Antioch Historical Society.
The exhibit features art, literature and creative arts of America's African-American experience. According to a news release, the timeline highlights Africa, slavery, the adaptation to the plantation, church, emancipation of the slaves, adaptation to freedom, the civil rights movement, and ends with the historic election of Barack Obama.
The show runs from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through Feb. 27 at the museum, 1500 W. Fourth St. A free opening reception is set from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 2.
The exhibit is a community partnership with Ruah Community Outreach Ministries Inc., Parent Partners Providing Education of Young Children, JTS Art Gallery, the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch and the Antioch Historical Society Museum. For more information, visit www.art4antioch.org/Black-History-Exhibit. asp, email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call 925-325-9897.
WORKING SMART & HARD: Janelle Bush's hard work at Independence High recently paid off when the Liberty district recognized her drive to succeed.
The Brentwood senior is a member the Power of Unity Club, which provides students with opportunities to volunteer at school and in the community, help support needy causes and participate in character building activities. According to the district news release, Bush gives credit to the "school for its supportive and encouraging staff "that has helped her become a student "who loves school and looks forward to a bright future." Bush plans to attend the nursing program at Los Medanos Community College.
WHERE IN THE WORLD ...: Black Diamond Middle recently hosted a Geo Bee.
The Antioch school tested 18 students on their knowledge of geography, with Mario Nevarez snagging first place. The seventh-grader now advances to a written portion of the competition with hopes of moving on the state finals in the spring. Other winners were sixth-graders Sophia Thoman in second place and Logan Fontaine in third.
According to teacher Dean Weihe, who spearheaded the contest, this bright trio had to "show their expertise in identifying National Scenic Trails in the U.S. and what states they are in."