In early January the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, an internationally-recognized troupe, performed at Ramona Convent Secondary School in Alhambra, providing a performance that uniquely blended ballet, jazz, African and street-dance techniques.

The performances were part of an African-American education program at the school to honor the month-long celebration of Black History Month.

“My favorite part of the performance was when the ballet dancer performed with a traditional African scarf,” said senior Alia Coalwell, according to the school’s news release. “I enjoy performances that creatively expose us to different cultures rather than just lectures.”

Students were invited to join in the dance, trying out some of the performers’ dance moves.

On Jan. 27, the school continued honoring Black History Month by welcoming guest speaker Donzaleigh Abernathy, the daughter of the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, a leader of the civil rights movement and close friend of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

She spoke about her experiences growing up in the civil rights movement and her memory of the Rev. King. She also addressed the impact peace and justice have on our daily lives.