At Middle School Meeting on Wednesday, February 27th, students celebrated Black History Month through a presentation of essays, poems, and songs.
Speakers Zahra Aquil ’24, Emani Darko ’25, Lydia Oluwasola ’23, Egbefe Omonzane ’23, Maya Patankar ’25, Kassy Patino ’25, Hailey Rollins ’23, Camille Sergenton ’25, and Olivia Siegel ’23 read poems by Maya Angelou, Tupac Shakur and others, and also offered little-known facts about African American history. (Did you know that Claudette Colvin’s arrest for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white person preceded Rosa Parks’ arrest by nine months?)
The program also featured musical performances by talented 8th Grade singers Alan Smith ’23 and Maya Bhide ’23. Bhide sang a beautiful, updated version of Roberta Flack’s 1973 hit “Killing Me Softly,” while Smith gave a stirring rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – often called the “Black National Anthem.”