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Story by WVUA 23’s Kayla Smith.

As a part of their Black History Program, Westlawn Middle School hosted a musical celebration to honor longtime choir director Levert Hedgemon, who is retiring this year.

Students performed to songs of African American artists like Ella Fitzgerald, the Temptations, Louis Armstrong, and Beyoncé.

Westlawn students said that they were excited to be able to host this event to honor their teacher.

“He was very passionate about everything he did and he could help anybody who wanted help,” said Ambrose Mccor, a former student of Hedgemon.

“He reached out to a lot of people and did a lot of stuff for the community, and we just love Mr. Hedgemon.”

“We wanted to lift him and give him entertainment while we could because we’re a big family and that’s what families do,” said Trinity Hood, a student at Westlawn Middle School.

Westlawn teachers say that while their students were learning the dance moves they were also learning important lessons about African American history.

“It’s important that our students know their history,” said Dr. Tiffany Davis, the Principal of Westlawn Middle School.

“It’s important to know where you’ve been and where you come from to know where you’re going.”

This month, Westlawn teachers have incorporated special lessons about notable African American figures in history and literature classes.

Teachers said that the programs are a part of a month-long celebration and remembrance of the importance of African American culture in our history.

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