This past Wednesday was the fourth annual Social Justice Day for Middle School students. Rooted in our School’s mission, the day aims to raise awareness about a particular theme of social justice, come together as a Middle School community across grades and groups to learn more about identity, cycles of oppression, and ways to be allies and changemakers. The day offers our students a conference-style experience that includes a special speaker, workshops, and an arts-expressive project. Social Justice Day takes the place of a regular school day schedule.
The theme for this year was 'Solidarity and Joy as Resistance’ and the schedule for the day echoed the Black History Assembly by traveling from past to present to future.
Following Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Practice Erica Pernell’s opening and historical framing on the Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers, students had the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers Dr. Pam Brooks '67, TTC '75, and Deborah Mendelsohn ‘67. They shared their powerful alumni story of solidarity and joy as resistance. Dr. Brooks and Ms. Mendelsohn spoke of their friendship and connection to each other through their family’s involvement in the Freedom Summer. They ended their talk by singing and inviting the entire community to join them in a call and response.
Then, middle schoolers had the opportunity to select a “present” workshop from a range of topics including representation in Disney and cartoons, trans folx and allies in sports, music and dance in social justice movements, body positivity, and more. Click here to read more about the various workshops offered.