Middle Campus Families,
I hope you had a chance to read Mark Sanders’ Courier letter on February 10 where he shared some of the work we do to teach, learn and celebrate Black history throughout the year. As Mark said, along with the work we do as part of our typical learning experiences for the students, we choose each year to celebrate in a bigger way with our Black History Month Celebration and Teach-In. Today, your children, our students, had a chance to honor, celebrate and deepen their learning in a variety of ways and I am grateful to so many people for making this happen.
To our Celebrations Committee for finding a way to bring the passion and joy of the opening celebration to life, even though it had to be virtual this year – not an easy feat!
To the teachers and staff who planned and taught amazing and thought-provoking sessions:
Tracking Human Migration Through Science Investigation with Humaira Afzal
The Art of Kehinde Wiley with Nathan Bubes
Lift Every Voice and Sing: The History of the Black National Anthem with Santina Cambor
Social Construct of Race with Jennifer Dickie
HJ Russell and Building Atlanta with Nancy Lamb
Afro-Latinos with Dyan Taylor
To the brave student moderators and proud participants in our panel session: HBCUs and their Impact.
To Amanda Gorman for her inspirational inaugural poem, The Hill We Climb, serving as the basis for work in one of the sessions. Do you think she reads the ANCS Courier? I doubt it but I can dream, if only for a moment.
To Mark Sanders and all of those who have worked over the years to make this day one of the most inspiring and meaningful learning experiences of the year.
And to our whole school family for holding true to our mission and vision, thriving as a community of learners who value varied cultures and viewpoints, and honoring our commitment to diversity and equity.
Wishing you well,