In the 30-year history of Shady Hill’s Black History assembly, 2021 marks the first-ever virtually-formatted assembly. This year’s theme, “Black Histories, Black Presents, and Black Futures” continued a student-led tradition of raising awareness of the rich contributions of Black people. It also serves to shine a light on today’s struggles and the hope and determination we feel as we strive for a more equitable and inclusive future.
“Now more than ever, Black people, non-Black people of color, and white co-conspirators must work together to dismantle systemic racism and to create change. We know this work is never finished and requires our continued focus and commitment,” said Head of School Mark Stanek as he opened the program.
Following Mark’s remarks, students, employees, and guest speaker and renowned storyteller Len Cabral honored the achievements and contributions of Black people in the U.S. and the world through music, stories, poems, experiences, and contributions.
Performances and sharings included:
A ‘Protest Chant Medley’ created by Shady Hill employees to amplify chants commonly heard at Black Lives Matter protests