Kinston elementary students celebrate African American icons

KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) - To celebrate the end of Black History Month, a local elementary school brought a variety of African American icons and their stories to life.

All 533 students from Northeast Elementary School in Kinston dressed up as an African American figure during the school's first Living Black Wax Museum.

The students did more than just put on a costume, they presented facts about their figures and put on a variety of presentations and performances in front of a crowd of their peers and parents.

Northeast Elementary School's principal, Kendra Woods, says this event exceeded all of her expectations.

"So it was powerful, simply to let kids know that Black History just isn't history, it is living, it is every day, it is yesterday, it is today it is tomorrow," Woods says.

The pre-kindergartners took the celebration a step further by dressing up as figures who are cultural icons from our state or who have ties to Kinston.

The school plans to make this an annual event.