On Friday, February 25, IDEAL held its annual whole-school Black Heritage Month assembly where some very special guests joined the students and faculty to celebrate identity through the African diaspora. Director of Diversity Angie Pillier opened the assembly by noting that the academic focus this year was to amplify black and brown voices and music and show the interconnectedness of black and brown countries. Poet and former IDEAL teacher Elvis Alves gave a presentation titled “My Journey in Poetry” which included a reading of “Harriet Tubman,” a poem he wrote during his time at IDEAL. Following the announcement of the Student Council door and bulletin board decorating contest (see the blurb below), Ms. Pillier introduced the members of the musical group Tambor de Venezuela, Juan Diego Villalobos, Gabriel Chakarji, and Daniel Prim, who spoke and answered questions about their work and played songs from different regions in their native Venezuela. Spanish teacher Bianca Cordero, also a native of Venezuela, joined the combo for the song “Fuego Candela.” Photos from the assembly are in this Facebook album.
A month’s work for Lower School classes and Upper School advisories ended with the presentation of divisional awards for the Student Council door and bulletin board Black Heritage Month decorating contest. Judges based their votes on clarity of theme, creative use of door space, and evidence of collaboration. You can see the finished work in this Facebook album.