Black History Month Happenings

Director of DEIB Jessica Christian says, "In honor of Black History Month, each division is looking forward to continuing last year’s theme of Black Joy!" The Lower School kicked off the celebration in Share with the 5th Grade Diversity Lunch Bunch introducing the concept of Black History Month and then engaging in a buddy activity in which all students shared how they find joy in their own communities. Head of Lower School Kimberly Formisano says, “I am proud that at Brimmer, Black history becomes an integral and integrated part of our teaching and curricula, and not only a stand-alone topic. This year the school continues to focus on the theme of Black Joy and bringing thoughtful awareness to stories that shine a light on the ordinary and extraordinary joys of being Black.”
The Middle and Upper Schools hosted speaker Justine Medina at a Black History Month Assembly which focused on Appreciation vs. Appropriation. Ms. Christian says, "during the hour that she was with our students, she explained the concept of cultural appropriation with this example: 'Imagine working on a project and getting an F and then somebody copies you and gets an A and credit for your work.' Students in grades 6-12 eagerly participated in the conversation, offering instances in which the line between appropriation and appreciation may be blurry. Ms. Medina rooted her presentation in finding joy in and appreciation for a diversity of cultures and identities by learning about one another. We can share in one another’s cultural norms if we appreciate the origins of those norms. Ms. Medina’s dynamic presentation was met with enthusiasm by the students, and we look forward to bringing her back to campus soon!"
Check out these awesome booklists, Black History Month and Black Joy that our Librarian Stephanie Golas put together.
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