Students performing play at Greenbrier Elementary.

7th and 8th graders present “When Ancestors Come to Dinner”

The set for "When Ancestors Come to Dinner," a play presented by Buford 7th and 8th grade students in observance of Black History Month.
The set for “When Ancestors Come to Dinner,” a play presented by Buford 7th and 8th grade students in observance of Black History Month.

Throughout the month of March, Buford Middle School has observed Black History Month in a variety of ways including a school-wide performance of “When Ancestors Come to Dinner” presented by 7th and 8th grade students.

Buford Reading Specialist Edna Harris organized the play auditions and performances.

“Once students auditioned, I sent out “Golden Tickets” to announce they were selected for the role they tried out for,” said Harris.  “All students who auditioned received golden tickets via email, and the sounds of joy when they yelled ‘I got a golden ticket!’ were priceless.”

“When Ancestors Come to Dinner” tells the story of the Wooling family, a family of five who reminisces about contributions of African Americans in history while sitting at the dinner table. As their discussion develops, different people come to the stage to share their contributions to the United States of America.

The students were also invited to Greenbrier Elementary School to perform the play for students in grades 2-4.

“These are priceless moments in middle school,” said Harris. “Every day since then, the students have come to ask if I will create another play for them because it was so much fun.”

Buford play performance at Greenbrier Elementary School.
Buford students performing “When Ancestors Come to Dinner” at Greenbrier Elementary School.