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Divisions Host Black History Month Assemblies

The Upper School Black Student Union in partnership with the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, hosted a special program that included a talk by Dana Wilson, SVP of Operations + Site Reliability Direct to Consumer of NBCUniversal Media, LLC. Dana talked to students about her journey from a Baltimore STEM high school, to her matriculation at Drexel University as a chemical engineering major, and her career path following graduation. Her stories of overcoming adversity and working to find common ground with colleagues along the way were inspiring. After the assembly, Dana spent lunch with the Upper School affinity group for girls of color, Sistahs.

The Lower School, in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion also had the opportunity to come together in celebration of Black History Month with a special assembly. This event included a devotion by the L'Tainen 3rd grade class of the poem entitled “In Time of Silver Rain” by Langston Hughes; a musical performance by the Upper School jazz ensemble and presentation from the J-term class Exploring African American Music.; and a performative reading of “Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations” written by Kelly Starling Lyons and featuring several members of the Lower School faculty & staff. The celebration concluded with our Lower School Community collectively singing Lift Every Voice and Sing.