On Wednesday, February 22. the grade 5-9 students listened to Omari Newton's presentation that highlighted the intersection of protest and popular culture in celebration of Black History Month. Contemporary examples included former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf before him, rapper Kendrick Lamar, and actor Jesse Williams. Muhhamad Ali famously went to jail in protest of the Vietnam War. Men like superstar athlete, actor and singer Paul Robeson and the late great Dick Gregory dedicated their lives to advocating for equal rights. Same goes for brave women such as Nina Simone, Lorraine Hansberry and Ruby Dee.
Students enjoyed a performance of an original slam poetry piece, they engaged in an interactive freestyle Hip Hop activity and participated in discussion about the roots of Jazz,