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Sadberry Intermediate hosts first Black History Month program

Posted at 7:00 AM, Feb 27, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-27 08:00:16-05

BRYAN, Texas — In February, we celebrate Black History Month by highlighting historical figures, art, food, and culture.

Last fall, O.W. Sadberry Intermediate opened its doors and is now hosting its first Black History Month program.

“Our first inaugural Black History Month program here, especially when I’m taking over the school of O.W. Sadberry, a name that’s synonymous with excellence here in the Brazos Valley,” Principal Alfred Scott said.

Sadberry Intermediate’s first Black History Month program included singing, skits, presentations from students and faculty, along with a guest speaker, Dr. Halcyon Watkins, the daughter of O.W. Sadberry, Sr.

Dr. Watkins reflected on her time fighting for equal rights when the African American community faced many injustices within marginalized groups.

“This school represents what we stood for, what we were asking for,” Dr. Watkins said. “To be here today and see that mixed audience of young people, the faculty, everybody is working as a team.”

Every time she walks the hallways, Dr. Watkins said she can feel her dad’s spirit.

“When I come to the school now and visit, I feel so excited,” Dr. Watkins said. “When I pass the picture, I say ‘hey dad, I’m home.’ I really feel like this is my family.”

Alfred Scott is proud to lead Sadberry’s legacy.

A long-time Black educator in the Brazos Valley who paved the way for others to have a chance at education.

“It’s not only good for the students to see the history behind the name of the school, but also for the staff as well to be involved in it,” Scott said. “We could not have done it without the collaboration between the staff and the students, just an excellent effort here at Sadberry Intermediate, and I’m just so excited to be the principal of this great school.”

Just one of the things Dr. Watkins believes her dad would be proud of.

“He’s up there clapping,” Dr. Watkins said. “I could see him smile. He has a little crooked smile, but I know he’s pleased. He’s happy. He’s proud.”