Kya Nicholson wasn’t shy about showing off some of her new dance moves.
“I liked the dance where you go like that,” the Fair Street School student said, demonstrating by jumping in the air and clapping her hands simultaneously. “I want to try it.”
Nicholson, 8, and her elementary school classmates were treated to a performance by the Helping Hands Uganda Children’s Choir on Thursday afternoon, as part of Fair Street’s Heritage Luncheon.
“Today is about the history and heritage of Fair Street,” Principal Will Campbell said. “It was the first black school in this area.
“I thought it was great to bring Africa to America,” he added.
Community members and school officials were invited.
“They’re a new experience to me,” student Christian Maldonado, 10, said. “It’s a new music to me. It’s a good experience.
“When they, like, jumped all around? That was my favorite part.”
The Ugandans are in America on what they’re calling the “Mujiza Tour.” Mujiza means miracle in Swahili.
This is their first tour of the United States.
“It gives our kids a chance to see Africa and experience the culture,” Campbell said. “That’s why today is important for the heritage of Fair Street, because even though our heritage has evolved and now we don’t look like we used to look ... I want our kids and our community to know the heritage is very important.”
The Heritage Luncheon is an evolution of the Brotherhood Luncheon, Campbell said.
“We kind of changed the name this year,” he said. “We have the Heritage Hallway and this new school, so the word ‘heritage’ goes deep. It’s about the brotherhood, it’s about the community, it’s about the world.
“And then having those kids from Africa here today is like the topping on the cake,” he added.