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(Top to Bottom; left to right) Chi-Chi Umeh, Abby Sapp, Laila Scott, Kamiya Bell, Claire Okotie, Olivia Gerling-Perez, Sarah Chretien, Zara Dike, and NiMya Maruska during their performances in the Black History Month assembly video.
Each year, Black History Month is observed in the month of February to celebrate the history of the black community nationwide. It is celebrated by many places, and St. Agnes Academy is no exception. Several festivities are held throughout February to honor our Black academy women, from an assembly at the end of the month to a digital mural on display in our school commons.
Due to unfortunate circumstances regarding COVID-19, we were unable to have our school-wide Black History Month assembly. This was a disappointment for many students, as the amazing performances of the assembly are the highlight of the month.
The school club that usually coordinates the assembly, Voices of Black Youth, stepped up and created a fantastic video presentation to replace the in-person assembly. The digital format required changes to be made and for the coordinators to adjust, but despite these challenging circumstances, the club was still able to create an awe-inspiring presentation that described, celebrated, and honored the Black community of not only our school, but the nation.
The Voices of Black Youth president, Jillian Green (21), was very excited to put together this assembly video to close out a very important month.
“The most meaningful part to the Black History Month assembly for me was being able to celebrate our Black women and girls,” says Jillian. “I hope that they all felt loved, seen, and heard through this assembly!”
Though Black History Month has come to an end, the festivities and especially the assembly were wonderful ways to celebrate this month that is so important to so many people. Not only was the assembly a wonderful result of the Voices of Black Youth working so hard to replicate the usual in-person assembly, it was awe-inspiring and did a fantastic job of teaching people to respect and honor our Black community and how to be an ally to them.